Former French first lady Carla Bruni will present a three-part radio show about her home town of Paris.

The model and singer will present Carla Bruni's Postcards from Paris on BBC Radio 2 in May.

The show, recorded in the same Paris studio where Bruni wrote her own albums, will include songs by her favourite singers including Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Francoise Hardy.

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She said: "When you write in French, that's what makes it Chansons Francaises. English has a lot of rhythm. Italian has a lot of melody. The good point with French is that it has a lot of description."

Her appearance is part of a series of shows on the station presented by women from the world of music and the stage including Scissor Sister Ana Matronic and Sheila Hancock who will present a show about music with a message.

She said: "I'll be playing music which I hope will make listeners think, that can possibly change their thinking - it's music with ideas, music with a message."

There will also be a two-hour special about Dolly Parton with the country superstar talking about her career and playing some of her favourite music.

Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: "These shows are presented by some truly wonderful names. They will give a fascinating in-depth and personal look into these specialist music genres as only Radio 2 can."