Lenny Kravitz reads fan mail from French president

U.S. singer Lenny Kravitz performs on stage during a concert in Aubervilliers, near Paris, April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - Rock star Lenny Kravitz has received fan mail from the “bling bling” president himself -- France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, dubbed thus for his fondness for fashion and the high life.

Kravitz, in Paris to promote the 20th anniversary of his debut album “Let Love Rule,” said Sarkozy had sent him a note which impressed him by singling out specific songs.

“I have a nice letter from your president,” Kravitz told reporters in a studio on the outskirts of town. “Wow, I was, like, ‘you listened to the record!’”

Kravitz kicks off his European tour on April 17 with a concert in Caen, in the north of France.

He added that he and Sarkozy’s wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, were long-time acquaintances.

But when pressed on how he knew the ex-model and socialite, Kravitz only smiled and repeated: “I know Carla from back in the day.”

Reporting by Sophie Taylor, editing by Paul Casciato