'First baby' of France arrives

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy said he felt profound happiness after the birth of his new baby

French President Nicolas Sarkozy spoke of his 'deep joy' at becoming a father to a baby girl yesterday -- but refused to reveal her name.

Proud dad: France's President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves the maternity clinic
after his wife Carla Bruni gave birth to a healthy baby girl yesterday. pic/afp

He said would leave it to his wife Carla Bruni to reveal the name.

"All of you who are parents can understand the very deep joy that Carla and I feel. Each one of you can also understand that it's an even deeper joy because it is private," he said.

"We have been lucky to have a very happy event take place. I will just keep to these few brief words to say to you that they are doing very well." The remarks were his first comments about the birth, which took place at a maternity clinic in Paris.

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