Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has kept quiet about her pregnancy and at first managed to avoid anyone even getting a glimpse of her growing belly.
Now as her due date looms closer, France's First Lady has not been able to hide her burgeoning bump and caught the attention of a curious little girl when she went on a walkabout with her husband Nicolas Sarkozy.
The former supermodel and musician, dressed in a black dress and coat, towered over the youngster who seemed transfixed by the 43-year-old mother.
Can't take my eyes of you: A small girl can't peel her eyes off France's First Lady's belly after Bruni makes an appearance at the Elysee Palace. Crowds thronged the heritage site as part of the 28th edition of France's Day of Patrimony. Bruni looked ever so stylish and chic with a black dress and a jacket while signing autographs. pic/afp
Bruni, whose pregnancy was announced by Sarkozy's father, was greeted by a large crowd when she paid a visit to the gardens of the Elysee Palace in Paris during France's Day of Patrimony -- the day all its state buildings are opened to the public.
The wife of the French president -- both were subject to speculation they were having affairs last year -- have only recently opened up about her pregnancy and said she would make sure the new arrival was not subject to scrutiny. She was photographed in a bikini with her bump in July while the pair were on holiday.
The child, which will be Sarkozy's fourth, will be the first born to a serving president during the entire history of the Fifth Republic, and is bound to create a media storm. But Bruni, who is due in October, has said she is determined not to allow any photographs of the newborn to be published, especially after her 11-year-old son Aurelien was once caught on camera.