March 4, 2009 / 3:25 PM / in 9 years

France's Carla Bruni wants child, might adopt

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says she would like to have a baby and if that does not work out she would be happy to adopt one.

<p>French first Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy attends an AIDS World fund meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer</p>

The comments, made in an interview with the magazine Madame Figaro released to media on Wednesday, come just over a year after the supermodel-turned-popstar married President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Asked whether she wanted a baby, 41-year-old Bruni-Sarkozy said: ”I would like that, but I don’t know if it will be possible at my age.

“If it’s not possible biologically, I will adopt one. I‘m not obsessed by blood ties. I think you can form strong bonds without that,” she said.

Bruni-Sarkozy has a 7-year-old son from a previous relationship while her husband, who is 54, has three children from his two previous marriages.

There has been intense speculation in the celebrity press about whether the Sarkozy couple planned to try for a child.

“I would love to have a child but I‘m not going to fight against nature. I already have one and my husband has three, so you can’t really say we are desperate for children,” she said.

The pair met in November 2007, just weeks after Sarkozy divorced from his second wife Cecilia, and tied the knot less than three months later.

Their whirlwind romance captured the public imagination in France and abroad, generating dozens of glossy magazine covers, but many criticized Sarkozy for putting his private life first at a time when the country was facing economic difficulties.

Turning to a vein of commentary that has run through French media coverage of their relationship, Bruni-Sarkozy said it was not true she had more highbrow cultural tastes than her husband.

“There is this stereotype about the right in general and my husband in particular: that they lack culture,” she said.

“One day I read an article saying that my husband never read a book. The man who wrote the article must live with us since he knows that my husband never reads! The truth is that my husband spends all his free time reading.”

The bookworm Sarkozy was currently reading works by the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, the 19th century novelist Alexandre Dumas and the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, the first lady said.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Matthew Jones

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