PARIS — France's former first lady Carla Bruni called feminism outdated in an interview with the French edition of Vogue for its December issue.
"There's no need to be feminist in my generation," said Ms. Bruni, an independent woman who forged careers in both fashion and music before settling down with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
It's not the first time Ms. Bruni has sparked controversy on the subject. Last month, she said her successor, Valerie Trierweiler, should marry her partner, President Francois Hollande, and ditch her career as a journalist.
In an interview with the French edition of Elle magazine, she dished out advice to Ms. Trierweiler, saying: "I think it is simpler to be the legitimate wife of the head of state rather than being his partner."
She added, "For my part, I felt a real easing of the general concern about me when I married Nicolas."
Ms. Bruni, no stranger to speaking her mind, also told French Vogue she disagrees with her conservative husband and supports a plan to allow gay marriage and adoption.
"I'm rather in favor because I have a lot of friends — men and women — who are in this situation, and I see nothing unstable or perverse in families with gay parents," said the 44-year-old singer and former supermodel.
France's Socialists are pushing a bill that could see gay marriage legalized early next year. Though surveys have found that the majority of French people favor gay marriage, there has been a vocal backlash from religious leaders, voters in rural areas and ex-President Sarkozy's own UMP party.
"My husband is opposed for reasons linked to his political vocation, because he sees people as groups of thousands rather than people we know personally," Ms. Bruni told the magazine, which featured a 20-page photo spread of her decked out in designer clothes, harking back to her supermodel days.