C'est une fille! It's a girl for French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The little girl was born before 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening at a private clinic in Paris. The baby's name is not yet known.
Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the first French president — and the first French head of state since the Emperor Napoleon III in 1856 — to become a father in office. The president missed the delivery, tending instead to the euro debt crisis at an informal emergency meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, and Euro-heavyweights in Frankfurt. Sarkozy visited his wife in labor for 30 minutes before flying to Germany in the afternoon and returned to his wife's bedside around 11 p.m. Whether the markets will appreciate the sacrificial gesture — videoconference from the delivery suite may have been tacky — is an open question. But if baby Sarkozy, by some genetic predisposition to politicking, has her little heart set on rescuing Daddy Dearest from cranky public opinion and chronically low poll numbers, she has her work cut out.
The baby girl is the couple's first child. Each already has children from previous unions, but this is the first daughter for both. Sarkozy, 56, has three sons from two previous marriages. Pierre, 26, a music producer, and Jean, 25, a politician, are from Sarkozy's first marriage. Louis, 14, is from his second wife (and former first lady) Cécilia Ciganer-Albeniz, whom he divorced in October 2007 (Sarkozy is the first French president to divorce in office). Sarkozy is also a grandfather to his son Jean's 20-month-old, Solal. Bruni-Sarkozy, 43 — whom Sarkozy married in February 2008 (making him the second French president to marry in office) — has one son, Aurélien, 10, from her union with the French philosopher Raphaël Enthoven.
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