French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was a no-show today at Cannes, fueling ever-stronger rumors. Is Bruni pregnant? The French think so, and we're inclined to defer to them on such matters. Liberation notes one French car rental company has already started advertising minivans with the tagline, "Dear Mrs. Bruni, would you need a family?" Even from an ocean away, we can see four telltale signs.
She's not at Cannes
That's the big news from today. It's not just that she's the president of France's wife and the Cannes film festival is an institution. She also has a small role as a tour guide in Woody Allen's new film Midnight In Paris, which opened the festival today. Nevertheless, she didn't show this evening at the premiere.
She's draping herself in pashminas
The former fashion model has abandoned designer looks of late for billowy shawls that could conceal a baby bump. Both the press and members of the public have noticed the change in style. The Associated Press cited Bruni's "new habit of covering her belly with a strategically placed pashmina during recent official appearances" as a sign she was pregnant. "She hides her little tum with a shawl every time a photographer approaches," groused one Le Parisien reader.