France is set to have a 'First Baby'. Newspapers across the Gallic nation reported today that President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni are expecting a child.
The baby would be the 43-year-old's first with Sarkozy, 56, whom she married following a whirlwind romance in 2008, reported Daily Mail online.
Rumours of the pregnancy first appeared in the latest edition of French magazine Closer under the headline 'Pregnant at last', with sources telling the weekly glossy they were "absolutely certain" about the information.
Closer has printed similar stories before, all of which have proved to be false, but today papers including Le Journal du Dimanche, Le Parisien, and Le Figaro ran articles on the claims.
Neither the Elysee Palace nor senior ministers have denied the claims, solely explaining that they could not say anything more because the matter was to do with the couple's private life.
Sources quoted in other publications said that the French first lady is in the "early weeks of her pregnancy", meaning the child would be born in time for the next spring’s presidential campaign, when Sarkozy hopes to be returned to the Elysee Palace for a second term.
The former supermodel had her first son Aurelien in 2001 with former lover, the Parisian philosopher Raphael Enthoven.
Sarkozy has two sons, Pierre, 26, and Jean, 25, from his first marriage to Marie-Dominique Culioli.
He has a third son, Louis, 14, with his second wife, Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz.