Packed G8 agenda for France's pregnant Carla
France's First Lady will host a packed agenda for the wives of the developed world's most powerful leaders Thursday, in her first G8 summit since her pregnancy was revealed.
As ever, photographers will flock to cover the glamorous former supermodel's events, but at the Deauville summit they will be craning for a view of her baby bump as much as for her stylish sense of fashion.
She will appear along with other first ladies, including the US president's wife Michelle Obama and Britain's Samantha Cameron, using the summit to promote her latest cause: the battle against adult illiteracy.
After lunch on the first day of the summit on Thursday, 43-year-old Bruni will take her guests to visit food producers from the Normandy region before hosting a working session dubbed "together against illiteracy."
In the evening, Bruni and her husband President Nicolas Sarkozy will play host to the other leaders and their spouses for a dinner on the seafront terrace of Le Ciro's restaurant in the elegant Channel seaside resort.
On Friday she will welcome the wives of the African leaders invited to join the heads of the G8 powerhouses at the summit, before hosting a working lunch for another of her causes, protecting mothers and children from AIDS.
Neither Bruni nor her husband have commented publicly on her pregnancy, but it has long been an open secret in Paris and last week Sarkozy's father told the German daily Bild that he was expecting a new grandchild.
Sarkozy is due to run for re-election in April next year, and some political commentators have predicted that a new baby could help boost his disastrous polling numbers as he tries to win back lost support.
Bruni already has a 10-year-old son, Aurelien, from an earlier relationship with the philosopher Raphael Enthoven, and 56-year-old Sarkozy has three sons aged 14, 25 and 26 from two previous marriages.
© 2011 AFP