Speculation has been mounting over whether Carla Bruni is pregnant with her first child with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The Elysee Palace and senior ministers haven't denied claims made by newspapers in the country which report that the 43-year-old is expecting.
The former model has made no secret in the past of her desire to have a child with her 56-year-old husband , saying: "I hope to, if I am young enough. It would be a dream."
However it is not the first time since her marriage to the French leader in 2008 that pregnancy rumours have surrounded the model.
In an online report French publication Le Figaro pointed out it is the third time in three years that the press has suggested she might be pregnant.
Carla has a son - nine-year-old Aurelien - from a previous relationship. President Sarkozy also has two sons - Pierre, 26, and Jean, 25 - from his first marriage.
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