Sarkozy says new daughter a 'profound but private joy'

20th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed delight Thursday at the birth of his new daughter, declaring it a "very profound joy, a joy all the deeper because it is private."

Sarkozy and first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had decided not to officially announce the birth, but Sarkozy reacted warmly when waste-processing plant workers gave him gifts during a visit to the western Mayenne region.

"Oh, that's really kind, very thoughful," he smiled, three hours after spending 40 minutes with Bruni and the baby girl in a Paris maternity clinic. "They're doing really well," he added.

Asked what the child would be called, Sarkozy said: "We're going to let mum have the pleasure of revealing that."

Sarkozy was to make a speech in Mayenne later in the day before returning to Paris. Although he has not declared his intent to stand for re-election in April, he has adopted a full campaign schedule.

© 2011 AFP

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