It's a Girl for Carla Bruni
Sarkozy's newborn is first French presidential baby
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2011 2:38 AM CDT
Updated Oct 20, 2011 5:49 AM CDT
France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy waves in the gardens of the Elysee Palace in Paris last month.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File, Pool)

(Newser) – A child has been born to a serving president for the first time in modern French history. Carla Bruni gave birth to a baby girl at a clinic in Paris last night, the BBC reports. The 43-year-old mom—who told interviewers recently that she was bored with being pregnant and looking forward to having a drink and a cigarette—has a son from a previous relationship. Nicolas Sarkozy, who left debt talks in Germany to return to Paris, has three sons from previous marriages. With the election seven months away, the unpopular Sarkozy needs a boost in popularity, but analysts believe the newborn isn't going to help.

Sarkozy says his wife will reveal the baby's name (rumored to be Dalia or Dahlia), and called his joy "profound" but "private." He made the comments while visiting a waste-processing plant in France today. Best detail, via the BBC: Plant workers gave him congratulatory gifts, which included a bib and ... a dieting book for Carla. Bruni, who kept a low profile during her pregnancy, says the media won't be getting any photos of the baby.
 

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