Sarkozy`s wife apologizes to Japan
For her absence during G-8 summit
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has sent a letter of apology to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s wife, Kiyoko, for not being able to visit Japan at the time of the Group of Eight summit last week in Hokkaido, sources close to the Japanese and French governments said Thursday, according to Japan Today.
In the letter, the French first lady, who also has a career as a singer, expressed regret and said she was busy preparing for the release of her third album, the sources said. The album went on sale shortly after the summit events ended. The letter was written in response to the letter of invitation from Kiyoko. Her new album, entitled, ‘‘Comme si de rien n‘etait,’’ hit the market last Friday, two days after the three-day summit was concluded, and sold 14,100 copies in two days. It ranked third on the weekly hit charts for July 6 to 12, according to French public radio.