FRENCH first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is definitely pregnant, her father-in-law has revealed.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s father has told a German newspaper that the first lady is expecting a child, confirming the subject of weeks of speculation.
Talk has swirled in France that the former supermodel is pregnant ever since she clutched a shawl to her stomach during a newspaper interview in early May and fended off inquiries with the words “my lips are sealed to protect something...”.
Bruni, 43, wore a loose shirt and jacket during an appearance on French TF1 television on Monday, and when the presenter cryptically told her he would not ask about her personal life but would like to congratulate her, she giggled and congratulated him back.
“The two do not want to know the gender in advance, but I’m sure it will be a girl and as beautiful as Carla,” the mass-selling Bild newspaper quoted Pal Sarkozy as saying.
Sarkozy’s office said it did not comment on his private life.
With the normally very slender Bruni looking heavier around the middle, some French media have speculated that she could even be expecting twins.
Guests at a recent dinner with Bruni’s mother Marisa Bruni Tedeschi in Italy said that she had hinted that a new baby was on the way, according to La Stampa newspaper.
Sarkozy, the most unpopular French leader in decades and facing a tough battle for reelection a year from now, could enjoy a lift to his ratings from a presidential birth.
A series of recent opinion polls have suggested he could be knocked out in the first round of the April 2012 election by coming in third behind a Socialist Party candidate and National Front leader Marine Le Pen.
His chances of re-election looked brighter this week after the man seen with the best chance of winning the presidency, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in New York and charged with attempting to rape a hotel maid.
Bruni was one of the world’s most successful models in the 1990s.
As her modelling career waned, she turned her hand to music as a singer-songwriter. She has recorded three albums and this week said she would postpone the release of her latest album from September until next year.
Italian-born Bruni has a son from a former relationship but has often said she would like to have a child with Sarkozy. Sarkozy has three sons.
The couple married following a whirlwind romance after he won the 2007 election and his former wife Cecilia left him.
A baby in the Elysee presidential palace could help voters relate to a man they have seen as increasingly out of touch with their worries.
Reports of her pregnancy first surfaced in late April, when gossip magazine Closer ran a story saying the 43-year-old first lady was three months pregnant. The magazine said that officials were keeping it under wraps because her age makes it a high-risk pregnancy.
The French first couple disappointed fans and organisers of the Cannes Film Festival by not appearing at the opening night last week. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which features the French first lady in a small role, opened the festival.
Bruni-Sarkozy told a radio interviewer she would sit out the festival “for personal and also for professional reasons,” spurring the pregnancy speculation.
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