making her first public appearance since the birth of her little girl Giulia, France's first lady was glowing with happiness.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has been in virtual seclusion since welcoming a longed-for daughter with husband Nicolas Sarkozy on October 19.
But this week she got into the festive spirit unveiling an impressive tree laden with decorations for an excited group of youngsters about the same age as Aurelien, her son from a previous relationship.
Mother of two Carla also read stories as her young guests listened attentively.
The Sarkozys will, no doubt, have a large private family gathering this Christmas.
As well as Giulia, her husband is the proud father of three boys by his two previous marriages and also a grandfather because his son Jean, 24, has a little boy.
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