Factbox: France's first lady Carla Bruni
(Reuters) - A German newspaper quoted the father of Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday as saying the French president's wife, Carla Bruni, is expecting a child.
Sarkozy could enjoy a lift in the polls from a presidential birth when he faces re-election in 2012.
Below are some facts about Bruni:
AS FIRST LADY:
* Carla Bruni married Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008 following a whirlwind romance in the public eye after his election victory of 2007 and the collapse of his previous marriage to Cecilia Attias. Bruni once said she had never voted for the left despite spending lots of time with left-wing artist friends. She has said she finds politics hard going.
-- But she has appeared regularly at the conservative president's side in affectionate poses as he has sought to convey a softer image.
-- Last year she rejected accusations of influencing Sarkozy's political decisions, saying he was "not a yes-man." French media had been publishing anonymous comments from members of Sarkozy's center-right UMP party criticizing her for supposedly passing on her left-leaning views, and she retorted that she had no interest in politics.
* Bruni's porcelain skin, slender frame and feline gaze helped make her one of the world's most successful models in the 1990s. As her modeling career waned, she turned her hand to music as a singer-songwriter. She has three albums under her belt, and said last February she planned to make a cover version in her native Italian of one of France's most patriotic songs. Continued...