Sarkozy visits Carla at maternity clinic for birth
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday visited the Paris maternity clinic where his supermodel-turned-singer wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was due to give birth.
The French leader left around 30 minutes after he arrived, and it was not clear when the birth was expected, but some media reports had suggested the 43-year-old first lady was to give birth later in the day.
The Elysee Palace has said it will not speak publicly about the birth, which 56-year-old Sarkozy and his wife regard as a private matter, but reports in the daily Le Figaro and on BFM television said it was imminent.
Large crowds of reporters and onlookers were gathered behind a security cordon outside the La Muette clinic,
This would be the first time in modern French history that a sitting president has become a father, although Carla has a son from a previous relationship and Sarkozy has three.
La Muette's director has said Bruni-Sarkozy will receive the same treatment as all the other mothers at the exclusive private clinic, but the location has been under discreet police surveillance for several days.
© 2011 AFP