Carla Bruni To Hide Baby From Public

French first lady Carla Bruni said she will keep the baby she is expecting with President Nicolas Sarkozy strictly out of view and not allow any photographs to be shown publicly.

Bruni, who is due to give birth in the autumn, said she did not know whether she was expecting a boy or a girl, but her main aim was to protect the infant from the glare of publicity. Bruni’s remarks suggested Sarkozy will shy away from using glossy magazine spreads of a newborn baby to polish his family-man image later this year as he announces a widely expected run at a second term in the presidential election.

“You don’t have a child for the gallery,” Bruni told TF1 television in an interview.

“I understand the media interest (but) for children it’s not possible. I will do everything to protect this infant, and I’ll be absolutely rigorous. I will never show photos of this child, I will never expose this child,” she said.

The conservative is expected to announce his reelection plans in early November, just after France’s G20 heads of state summit in Cannes and close to the time Bruni, a former supermodel, is expected to give birth.

Sarkozy’s low popularity ratings have inched up during the summer as photos of him relaxing at the beach with the heavily pregnant Bruni gave him a family glow that contrasted with coverage of his erstwhile election rival on the left, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was in New York fighting sex assault charges.