Carla Bruni gives birth

PM Nicolas SarkozyThe baby, was three weeks late, is rumoured to be named Dahlia, according to speculation on Twitter.

Earlier, Nicolas Sarkozy spent just half an hour with his wife in a Paris hospital. French media reported that the baby was born at 8pm local time, meaning that Mr Sarkozy missed the birth.He rejoined mother and new baby at 11pm. Reports in France said Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy was doing well.He rushed into the Clinique de La Muette in the 16th arrondissement after his wife was admitted yesterday, then dashed out again barely 30 minutes later, boarding a plane for Frankfurt.

The baby is the first in modern history to be born to a French presidential couple in office. The president has three sons from two previous marriages, while his wife, 43, has a son from a previous relationship. On arrival in Germany, Mr Sarkozy refused to respond to any questions about his fourth child. He was due back in Paris last night, according to reports.

The president was in Frankfurt to attend a leaving ceremony for Jean-Claude Trichet, the departing head of the European Central Bank. It was hoped that informal meetings around the reception might break a deadlock to stem the eurozone’s debt crisis.Given that Mr Sarkozy has warned that “[the eurozone’s] fate will be played out over the next 10 days”, the chances of him taking the regulation two-week paternity leave are nil. – Thetelegraph