PARIS – France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is being coy about whether her husband will stand in next year’s presidential election, telling a French magazine “I don’t know if my husband will run.”
The 43-year-old expectant mother also tells Madame Figaro in a magazine interview to be published this weekend that she receives a lot of help as Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife, and doesn’t see why having a baby will keep her from her working.
In comments made available to reporters Thursday, the former-supermodel-turned-singer said: “I don’t have a hard life, don’t have to take maternity leave, or take public transportation at 6 a.m. like 90 percent of my compatriots.”
Italian-born Bruni-Sarkozy is expected to give birth sometime after Oct. 1. The child will be the first baby born to a sitting president in modern French history. The couple have generally kept quiet about the pregnancy.
A spokeswoman for the Elysee Palace said Thursday that Sarkozy has not recently specified when he will announce his plans. French political observers widely expect him to seek a second term.
Sarkozy, who has low ratings in opinion polls, has said in the past he would decide during “the autumn of 2011″ whether or not to run again.
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