Want a sign of just how serious Europe's debt crisis is? French President Nicolas Sarkozy flew to Frankfurt to unstall bailout talks while his wife Carla Bruni gave birth to their first child. France's first lady and Italian-born songstress gave birth to a baby girl in Paris at around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, reports the AFP. Bruni said in an interview that will air on Thursday, Bruni said that the couple did not know the sex of the child. "We've arranged for it to be a big surprise. Obviously, a nice surprise." It was one that Sarkozy did not share, as Reuters reported he had gone to Germany "to talk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an attempt to break the deadlock ahead of a make-or-break European leaders' summit on Sunday." Sarkozy did make it to the La Muette maternity clinic around 11 p.m. and he had paid a visit earlier in the day. The Bruni-Sakozy daughter is the first for the couple who wed in 2008. It's also the first for a French incumbent head of state since Empress Eugenie had Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte in Paris 155 years ago, reports Bloomberg. For now, AFP's source (the news is not yet official) says the couple have not revealed their daughter's name.
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