Merkel joins in Sarkozys' joy with gift for baby Giulia
THEY may hold divergent views of what needs to be done to resolve the euro crisis, but as the debate went into overdrive yesterday German chancellor Angela Merkel took a few moments out to celebrate French president Nicolas Sarkozy's new arrival.
In a touching gesture on the sidelines of the crisis talks, the German leader presented Mr Sarkozy with a gift-wrapped teddy bear for his newborn daughter -- who the French first couple have named Giulia -- the first baby born to a sitting French president.
And Mr Sarkozy, clearly touched by the gesture, promptly telephoned his wife, Carla Bruni, and handed his mobile telephone over to Ms Merkel so that she could personally congratulate the new mum, who had just brought her little girl home.
Mr Sarkozy, who missed the birth last Wednesday on European business, said he and his wife felt a "very profound happiness" at the birth of their first child together.
Ms Bruni later gave the world its first glimpse of their new arrival when she left the exclusive clinic in Paris where she gave birth.
Surrounded by two minders, she rushed her daughter -- wrapped tightly in blanket and barely visible to waiting photographers -- to a waiting car, which whisked the pair to a secret location.
Ms Bruni has said she will never expose her daughter to the glare of media publicity.
Mr Sarkozy has three sons from two previous marriages while Ms Bruni-Sarkozy has one son from a previous relationship.