Nicolas Sarkozy's father says the first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is pregnant, apparently confirming weeks of speculation.
"The two do not want to know the gender in advance, but I'm sure it will be a girl and as beautiful as Carla," Pal Sarkozy told a German newspaper, Bild, as reported in Reuters.
There has been much speculation in France that the first lady is pregnant, particularly after she covered her stomach with a shawl during a newspaper interview earlier this month and when asked if she was pregnant said, "my lips are sealed to protect something..."
Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, said she didn’t want to risk derailing her husband’s political agenda with private matters.
The usually slender and always stylish Bruni wore a loose-fitting shirt and jacket during a TV appearance Monday.
There is also speculation that the first couple might be expecting twins.
Sarkozy is the most unpopular president in France and years, and his supporters hope a pregnancy could boost his reelection chances.
His campaign also received a boost this week after his main rival, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested and charged with attempted rape after a hotel maid accused him of a naked ambush.