After giving birth to a longed-for daughter in October, Carl Bruni has, understandably, looked a little tired at recent public appearances.
But France's first lady had a spring in her step on Thursday, looking refreshed and beaming alongside husband Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace.
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And the 44-year-old certainly has something to smile about – she was showing off a post-baby body that seems to have pinged back into shape.
She kept her outfit simple with black trousers and a black top, but added a splash of colour with a bright purple coat as she prepared to meet the president of the Ivory Coast and his wife.
Later on, the former model swapped the daywear for a black, long-sleeved mini dress as she presided over the state dinner.
Her guests were delighted by their warm reception, with the African politician showing his appreciation by giving her a kiss on the hand.
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