Nicolas and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
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05/17/2011 at 09:00 AM EDT
Grandpa has spilled the haricots
– French for beans.
Pal Sarkozy, the father of France's president Nicolas Sarkozy, has told the German newspaper Bild
that his son and daughter-in-law, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, are expecting a baby.
Rumors of a pregnancy have been circulating since late April, when the French press spotted the first lady doing some maternity shopping in Paris, although President Sarkozy's office has declined comment.
Pal Sarkozy, 82, added, "Neither wants to know the gender beforehand, but I'm certain it will be a girl, and beautiful like Carla."
Sarkozy, 56, and Bruni, 43, married in 2008
. The former supermodel-turned-singer – who appears in Woody Allen's latest movie
, Midnight in Paris
, starring Owen Wilson
– already has a 10-year-old son
, Aurélian, from a previous relationship.
Sarkozy has three sons between the ages of 25 and 13 from his two previous marriages. Last year, he became a grandfather for the first time. His office did not comment on Bruni-Sarkozy's pregnancy.