Carla Bruni smiling in final stages of pregnancy

Tuesday September 20, 2011

France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has been keeping out of the limelight while awaiting the birth of her first child with husband Nicolas Sarkozy.

But the supermodel-turned-musician greeted well-wishers in person during a special day at the Elysee Palace.

Carla, 43, had dressed her bump in an elegant dress under a black coat for Patrimony Day when France's most treasured heritage buildings are open to the public.

Smiling though looking a little tired – as would be expected at this stage in her pregnancy – she joined the president in signing autographs.

Carla's new baby will be her second – she has a 10-year-old son Aurelien from a previous relationship.

Her husband has three sons, Pierre, Jean and Louis from two previous marriages.

In pictures: Carla, the model wife

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