Carla Bruni Gives Birth to Girl, Sarkozy's First Daughter

Lifestyle | October 20, 2011, Thursday // 07:23
Bulgaria: Carla Bruni Gives Birth to Girl, Sarkozy's First Daughter French President Nicolas Sarkozy and first lady Carla Bruni welcomed a daughter into the world on Wednesday. File photo by Getty Images

Carla Bruni, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has given birth to a girl at a Paris clinic, local media reported.

The girl was born at 20:00 (18:00 GMT), French media outlet Europe 1 said, but no name was mentioned.

A close family friend confirmed the news for CNN, saying that the mother is doing well.

No further details were immediately available.

The Elysee Palace had decided not to make any announcement of the birth since it considered the pregnancy "a private family matter".

Sarkozy, 56, arrived at the French capital's La Muette clinic a few hours after Bruni gave birth, but was seen leaving shortly afterwards.

The Elysee Palace said he was travelling to Frankfurt for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF director Christine Lagarde, outgoing European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet and other key officials.

It is the first child for the couple, who wed in February 2008. Bruni, 43, announced in early September that she was pregnant and vowed to keep the child out of the spotlight.

Sarkozy divorced his wife of more than 11 years before marrying Bruni. He has three sons from previous marriages.

Italian-born Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, a former supermodel and singer, kept a low profile during her pregnancy. She has vowed not to make photographs of the child public because "exposure to public life is an adult choice".

Bruni previously dated singers Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger.

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