The French press are dying to find out whether or not their first lady, Carla Bruni, is pregnant, because this would be a major first for the nation. Carla gathered with them to address the rumors without actually answering the question, as celebrities and politicians tend to do. La Parisien reported, "She hides her tummy with her shawl whenever a photographer approaches, she does not deny it when asked the question off microphone."
Here's a transcript from more of that story:
PATRICIA DIOMANDE. There are rumors, and we've heard many things....Are you expecting a baby?
CARLA BRUNI: That was nicely asked. If I may, I will not answer all these familial questions. I have a little boy, too, and I do not answer questions about him. If we were both at a cafe, I would tell you frankly. Why don't I answer? I'll tell you. Nearly 180 percent of the time my husband is occupied by his country. He speaks only about that, he only does that, he is obsessed with it. Unfortunately for me, and fortunately for everyone else (laughs)! When I talk about something else, it takes precedence over everything he does. I'd like to talk woman to woman, about my family, my personal dreams, details of certain things. And also, I am very talkative. But [because of his circumstances], my lips are sealed. Not out of arrogance or for a taste for secrecy; I'm mum to protect something and to protect all of the work he does. Because there are newspapers that are only interested in [me being pregnant], which is normal. Me too, when I read things on other people's lives, I'm interested (laughs). But it takes such a priority. Also, it doesn't protect the family. It's not even to protect my privacy, which is also a curious idea. I would really love to talk, but after, that takes up the entire space. And it involves other people. So I don't answer.
JEAN-CLAUDE BION. So we'll know in six months?
CARLA BRUNI: (Laughter.) Yes ... (Laughter.) I wish I was more relaxed with these issues. But it is my husband's job that multiplies things by 100,000 and that turns a kind of small fish into a whale.
Oh, Carla. If she were pregnant she would still be a small fish, physically speaking, but her being pregnant is a whale in all other respects. She's being so Gisele about this.