PARIS (AP) — French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is about to have a baby, and the pending birth has taken on the air of a state secret.
The hush-hush atmosphere over the upcoming birth says a lot about France. France's media establishment has a reputation for cushy ties to political powers-that-be, whose personal lives have mostly been off-limits.
And conventional wisdom holds that the French public, in almost conscious contrast to what is considered Anglo-Saxon fascination with politicians' private lives, doesn't care much anyway.
One unresolved question is how much the infant, even if it isn't seen, could provide a boost to President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose poll numbers are bleak as presidential elections loom six months away.