Carla Bruni, visibly pregnant, welcomes G8 wives

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France's first lady Carla Bruni, visibly pregnant, welcomed wives of G8 leaders to a working lunch on the sidelines of the group's summit on Thursday.

Wearing an unbelted white dress and a black coat, she posed briefly for pictures with four of the spouses who came to Deauville with the G8 leaders.

Neither 43-year-old Bruni nor her husband President Nicolas Sarkozy have commented on reports of her pregnancy, but she made no attempt to hide the bump and smiled broadly as her counterparts arrived,

The US and British first ladies, Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, had not travelled to France, but Bruni met Canada's Laureen Harper and Russia's Svetlana Medvedev.

She also greeted the wife of EU president Herman van Rompuy, Geertrui Windels, and of European Commission president Manuel Barroso, Maria Barroso.

© 2011 AFP

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