Turned on the box a bit early for Newsnight yesterday and was surprised to see a chanteusse looking extremely like French first lady Carla Bruni warbling through a number on Jools Holland’s Later Show. It turns out that it was she, last seen over here turning heads and drawing unfavourable and frankly unfair comparisons with Sarah Brown on a state visit earlier this year. The song I heard consisted of breathy girl lyrics to a guitar backing in a mid-period Francoise Hardy or even France Gall vein. Pleasant enough but nothing pushing back the boundaries of rock’n’roll. Jools ended the show by thanking all participants including Kings of Leon and playing out with Metallica. Bruni probably felt right at home in the green room – her exes apparently include Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.

More including the smalltalk bit when she described Sarko as “very kind” can be seen here.