Ben Curtis, Associated Press
Carla Bruni and her new husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy

France's new first lady says she fell head over heels for President Nicolas Sarkozy and, despite their whirlwind romance, she expects the marriage to last a lifetime.

"I didn't hesitate" after meeting him, Carla Bruni said in an interview with the newsweekly L'Express, excerpts of which were posted Tuesday on its Web site. "Right away, I wanted to marry him."

The Italian-born model-turned-singer and Sarkozy exchanged vows Feb. 2 in a quiet ceremony in a drawing room at the presidential Elysee Palace.