France’s First Lady has been greeting the spouses of the G8 leaders ahead of the summit which opens today.
Dressed all in white, it was the first obvious signs of a pregnant Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, after weeks of rumours that she was expecting the couple’s first child. Her father-in-law had announced it unoffically on May 17, but it had never been officially confirmed. Now no announcement is necessary.
The president’s wife has her own busy agenda, chairing a meeting of the G8 wives on the subject of illiteracy, although there will be some notable absentees, Michele Obama and Samantha Cameron among them.
On Wednesday she was presented with a childbirth kit by charity World Vision, ahead of any confirmation of the pregnancy, creating a mild media stir in France.
World Vision wanted to highlight how easy it could be to save lives in the developing world with simple supplies readily available in Western chemists.
Bruni-Sarkozy is 150 times more likely to survive childbirth than a woman in former French colony Chad, the charity says.