Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leads French Band Aid recording but Daft Punk no longer involved

French duo were linked to role on charity single by organiser Bob Geldof

A French version of Band Aid has launched to help fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Italian singer and the country’s former First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has spearheaded the project with the likes of Lou Doillon, Vanessa Paradis, Louis Bertignac, Jean-Louis Aubert, Zaz, Shaka Ponk, Izïa Higelin, Thomas Dutronc, BB Brunes and Joey Starr all recruited for the recording.

The Guardian report that Daft Punk (pictured right) were initially rumoured to be involved in the charity single, but have not been listed in a press release regarding the event.

The French track is entitled ‘Noël Est Là’ (meaning ‘Christmas Is Here’) and will be released on December 1. All proceeds will go to Band Aid.

Meanwhile, Bob Geldof’s 30th anniversary re-recording of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ has reached Number One in the UK, selling 312,000 copies digitally alone in its first week. It will be released physically on December 8.

Band Aid 30 features the likes of Bono, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, Rita Ora, Bastille, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé and more.

Over the weekend, Emeli Sandé shared her unhappiness with the lyrics to the Band Aid 30 single, suggesting that the charity effort would benefit from a whole new song.

Sandé, who had recorded some of her own lyrics that were not used on the finished single, said: “I am so proud of my Zambian heritage. No offence or disrespect to the beautiful and prosperous continent was ever intended. I apologise if the lyrics of the song have caused offence. I wish the changes had been kept but that is out of my control.”