Sarkozys unusually mum about First Baby

October 11, 2011 - 10:50 AM
France First Baby

FILE - In this Sept.17, 2011 file photo, France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy waves in the gardens of the Elysee Palace in Paris. Bruni-Sarkozy is about to have a baby, and the pending birth has taken on the air of a state secret _ baring caution within Sarkozy's political team as the unpopular president eyes a possible re-election bid. Bruni-Sarkozy is poised to become the first first lady in modern France to give birth. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File, Pool)

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.