By Isra Shah on
During a ceremony in Paris, France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy donated €238,000 (US$330,000) — the total profit from her newly released album — to children’s charities in Haiti.
Entitled “Comme si de rien n’etait” (Simply), the album is Bruni-Sarkozy’s third release. Since its debut in July, it has sold 190,000 copies in France and 220,000 copies abroad.
Regarding the purpose of her donation, the First Lady was simple in her remarks: “I’m pleased that music can be used for this.”
Following her marriage to French President Nicolas Sarkozy in February, Bruni-Sarkozy has heightened the visibility of her charitable efforts. The Global Fund has named Bruni a World Ambassador for the protection of women and children against AIDS.
Bruni has told the press that, “I can put all of the media coverage directed toward me to the service of a useful cause.”
More recently, the former model donated a Christian Dior silk evening gown—worn during the Sarkozy’s state visit to England in March—for an AIDS benefit auction held on December 20.
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