Baby girl for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
Published 19/10/2011 | 23:42
French first lady Carla Bruni has given birth to a baby girl - the first infant born to a sitting president of modern-day France, the French media reported.
President Nicolas Sarkozy, finishing up a meeting in Frankfurt on the euro debt crisis, was absent when the couple's first child was born shortly before 8pm local time on Wednesday night, according to BFM TV.
He reportedly arrived at the small, private Muette Clinic about 11pm - his third trip of the day to the facility.
Europe 1 radio said the birth "went well" for the 43-year-old mother, a singer and former supermodel. She entered the medical facility in western Paris in the morning accompanied by Mr Sarkozy, according to the reports.
There was no official confirmation of the birth. The presidential entourage reiterated earlier that no birth announcement would be forthcoming.
The couple had been coy about the impending birth from the start, with measured doses of information.
"It's obviously a happy event," Nadine Morano, a junior minister and friend of the president, told BFM, reacting to the news reports.
Mr Sarkozy was "very attentive, full of attention toward Carla" when he spoke with her by phone on Tuesday during a flight with the minister to Nice, she said.
The couple married in February 2009, less than a year after Mr Sarkozy took office, and less than four months after his divorce from second wife Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz.
The Italian-born first lady has a 10-year-old son from a previous relationship and the president has three sons from his two previous marriages - and has been a grandfather since January.