The couple became parents again on Wednesday night when Ms. Bruni delivered a baby girl. AFP reports that President Sarkozy visited his wife earlier in the day but was not present when his daughter was born.
The girl is the French first couple's first baby since their marriage in 2008, although Bruni has one 10-year-old son from a previous relationship and thrice-married Sarkozy has three aged 14 to 26.
Sarkozy had earlier in the day visited his wife in the Paris clinic for half-an-hour, but was forced to jet off to Germany for crisis talks on the eurozone sovereign debt crisis before the birth itself.
He left Frankfurt just before the birth was announced, after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF director Christine Lagarde and the current and next heads of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet and Mario Draghi.The Associated Press adds that Mr. Sarkozy becomes the first sitting president to become a parent in modern France.