PARIS: French first lady Carla Bruni gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday, French media reported, her first child with husband President Nicolas Sarkozy and the first baby born to a French presidential couple in office.
Europe 1 radio and BFM television said Bruni gave birth on Wednesday evening after being admitted earlier in the day to the La Muette maternity clinic in central Paris. Neither the president's office nor La Muette would immediately confirm the reports.
Sarkozy was on his way back to Paris after a brief trip to Frankfurt for talks with his German counterpart Angela Merkel and EU officials on Franco-German efforts to put together a plan to stem the euro zone debt crisis.
He had visited La Muette clinic during the afternoon.
France has been on tenterhooks for weeks over the impending birth, which could give Sarkozy's image a welcome boost just over six months before a presidential election opinion polls show he could lose to Socialist challenger Francois Hollande.
Sarkozy's popularity ratings have been stuck at just above 30 percent for months, despite his leadership on issues like the Libyan crisis, with many French angry at economic gloom and resentful of a leadership style many see as impulsive and brash.
Many in France found his high-speed courtship of Bruni, a singer-songwriter and former model, distasteful coming so soon after his divorce from his second wife, Cecilia, but Sarkozy kept carefully quiet about Bruni's pregnancy.
Media coverage has been incessant, however, a novelty in France, where a president's private life is usually kept private.
Sarkozy has three children from his two previous marriages, while Italian-born Bruni has a son from a former relationship. - theStarOnline