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Baby talk thaws out Enda and Sarko's frosty relationship

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have been engaging in baby talk.

The two men have often had a frosty relationship in the past but it appears Mr Kenny has found the Frenchman's soft spot.

Mr Kenny revealed he found time to poke fun at the President while congratulating him on his "new bebe".

And the Taoiseach expressed relief that Sarko admitted the bundle of joy takes after his model wife Carla Bruni rather than him.

"I was at the last meeting in Brussels, didn't I speak to Nicolas himself about the new 'bebe', and I congratulated both himself and his good wife on the arrival of Giulia," Mr Kenny explained.

"And he said the 'bebe' is called Giulia for the Italian connection, and then he gave me his really, really strong point because he said: 'The good news is that the bebe takes after the mother'," he said in a bizarre west of Ireland-French accent.

The Taoiseach was speaking shortly after hearing news of his own mother's death at the weekend. "And that's why mothers at the end of their lives, or the beginning of their lives, are very important to us all," he said.

Mr Kenny, who has three teenage children of his own, was invited to meet with Mr Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris yesterday in order to discuss the eurozone crisis.

However, he turned down the opportunity of a tete-a-tete with the French leader because it clashed with a British-Irish Council Summit in Dublin. That was also cancelled after Mr Kenny's mother Eithne passed away.