Carla Gives Birth
See Update at the end.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to a baby girl Wednesday night at about 8:00 p.m., according to Jean-Marc Morandini.
She has said that she will never allow the child to be exposed to the media. Nor will we see a photo of the baby. In one of her few references to her pregnancy she declared to Le Figaro in September: "I don't believe that you have a child by asking yourself questions… it happens rather in a sort of happy unconscious state and this is how it has been since the dawn of time."
"We are in a period of crisis, but if human reproduction were linked to a perfect life, we would not be here, you and I, to talk about it."
"Moreover, I think that the survival instinct is manifest in the desire for a child," added the president's wife.
"As for the baby, of course, I will take care of it, but I don't see why that would prevent me from working," she said, adding that she has a "great deal of help" and that her life was "not difficult."
She gave birth at the Clinique de la Muette in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. She already has a ten-year-old son, Aurélien, by the "philosopher" Raphaël Enthoven. Nicolas Sarkozy has two sons Pierre and Jean by his first wife, and another son Louis by Cecilia, his second wife.
Below, a photo from September showing Carla eight months pregnant. If what she says is true, this may be the closest we ever get to seeing the baby.
They say that this is the first birth ever in the history of the Republic. I don't quite understand this secrecy. A birth should be a happy occasion and the people should be able to see the baby at least in an official photograph. Possibly the mood in the country is so pessimistic, or cynical, and Sarkozy so disliked that it is necessary to hide what would normally be a public event.
Update: October 21 - The baby's name is Giulia. It's a pretty name but it's not French, it's Italian. Once again, Carla makes a point of distancing herself from the people. If she is proud to be Italian, that is understandable. But a French name would have been more appropriate, and an elegant gesture on her part.