French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Carla Bruni has given birth to a baby girl. Crowds have gathered outside the Paris clinic where the French first lady gave birth, with the French president arriving several hours after the birth, leaving German discussions on the eurozone debt crisis to see his daughter.
The Elysee Palace has said the pregnancy and birth were a private family matter and that there would be no announcement. Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy has a son from a previous relationship and Mr. Sarkozy has three sons from previous marriages. This is their first daughter and they are the first presidential company in France’s history to have a child while in office and has been dubbed the “first baby”.
The French first lady has kept a low profile in pregnancy, appearing rarely in public. She also said she would never release photos of the baby because she believes “exposure to public life is an adult choice.”
Despite the crowds, the Italian-born Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy, a former model, said that the French public was uninterested in the pregnancy, birth, or the baby, and that she had been “in a hurry to get it over with”.
Witnesses standing outside of the clinic reported that crowds and journalists had been moved 100 metres away from the entrance as a security cordon had been set up. In addition, those visiting other women giving birth that day had reportedly been searched before being allowed in the clinic.
Mr. Sarkozy left shortly after he arrived as he was set to return to discussions in Frankfurt regarding the eurozone debt crisis. He was speaking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF director Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet and other important European officials. There will be an EU summit in Brussels on Sunday and the European leaders were discussing the crisis in “informal talks” before the meeting, according to the Elysee Palace.
The French president came under fire in 2008 for marrying Carla Bruni, as the wedding made him the first French leader to both divorce and remarry while in office. Since then, however, his popularity has increased, with the former model granting the French president a celebrity status.