Carla Bruni interview fuels pregnancy rumours
A cryptic television interview by French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on Monday fuelled speculation that she is pregnant with President Nicolas Sarkozy's child.
Journalists had widely expected Bruni to announce she was pregnant when she scheduled a live interview on the top lunch time news show of private channel TF1, but she tantalisingly avoided confirming it openly.
Instead of asking the million-dollar question, presenter Jean-Pierre Pernaut quizzed Bruni for several minutes on her charity work against child illiteracy, before dispatching the pregnancy issue in a matter of seconds.
"I know you don't like people talking about your private life, but I just want to congratulate you," Pernaut said.
The supermodel-turned-singer Bruni smiled shyly and replied: "I congratulate you too," without saying what for. The interview then ended.
Following the cryptic exchange, many celebrity-watchers raced to social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook to claim that the interview was tacitly confirming that Bruni, 43, is expecting Sarkozy's child.
But the mainstream news agenda in France was dominated by the arrest of IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges. He was Sarkozy's top potential rival in next year's presidential election before his arrest.
© 2011 AFP