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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's New Public Face -- And Pregnancy Rumors

The French First Lady appears to be gearing up for Nicolas Sarkozy's reelection bid next year by talking more in public. But she won't confirm or deny whether a First Baby is on the way.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's New Public Face -- And Pregnancy Rumors
Cécile Cornudet

PARIS - One year before the 2012 presidential election, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has broken three years of a nearly complete public silence since becoming France's First Lady. With a quick succession of well-orchestrated public appearances -- including an interview with Paris Match magazine, a meeting with readers of the Le Parisien daily and a press conference expected on May 17 about her Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation that fights against illiteracy -- has suddenly taken on a more political role.

"I am ultra-Sarkozyist," she was quoted as saying by Le Parisien. "I believe in him. I am no longer left-wing at all", adding that "two terms would be good." But showing restraint and preserving secrecy are still the guiding principles for the First Lady, who has opted for discretion since marrying Sarkozy in Feb. 2008, a year after he was elected and just months after his second divorce.

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NATO Entry For Sweden And Finland? Erdogan May Not Be Bluffing

When the two Nordic countries confirmed their intention to join NATO this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his plans to block the application. Accusing Sweden and Finland of' "harboring" some of his worst enemies may not allow room for him to climb down.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO

Meike Eijsberg

-Analysis-

LONDON — When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO, it took most of the West's top diplomatic experts by surprise — with the focus squarely on how Russia would react to having two new NATO members in the neighborhood. (So far, that's been a surprise too)

But now Western oversight on Turkey's stance has morphed into a belief in some quarters that Erdogan is just bluffing, trying to get concessions from the negotiations over such a key geopolitical issue.

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To be clear, any prospective NATO member requires the consent of all 30 member states and their parliaments. So Erdogan does indeed have a card to play, which is amplified by the sense of urgency: NATO, Sweden and Finland are keen to complete the accession process with the war in Ukraine raging and the prospect of strengthening the military alliance's position around the Baltic Sea.

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