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Sarkozy, French first lady have baby girl

PARIS -- French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to a baby girl last night -- the first infant born to a sitting president of modern-day France, according to media reports.

President Nicolas Sarkozy was returning from a meeting in Frankfurt on the euro debt crisis when the child was born Wednesday night around 8, according to BFM TV.

Europe 1 radio said the birth "went well" for Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, a singer and former supermodel. She entered the small, private Muette Clinic in the morning, according to the reports.

The presidential palace did not immediately confirm the reports. The presidential entourage reiterated earlier yesterday that no birth announcement would be forthcoming.

The infant would be the first child born to the couple, who were married less than four months after Sarkozy took office in May 2007.

The Italy-born first lady has a 10-year-old son from a previous relationship. The president, 56, has three sons from two previous marriages and is a grandfather.

"You don't have a child for the gallery," Bruni-Sarkozy told French TV network TF1 earlier this month. "I will do everything to protect this child . . . I will not show photos of this child, I will never expose this child."-- AP

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