Nicolas and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Announce Newborn Daughter's Name
10/20/2011 AT 02:45 PM EDT
France's First Lady made the announcement on her official website Thursday, telling the world, "I am deeply touched by the many messages of congratulations that I have received since the birth of our daughter."
To mark the "happy occasion," Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, and her husband, the President of France, offer their "warmest thanks to all those of you who sent us these tokens of your kindness."
Weighing in at 7½ lbs., little Giulia was born on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Paris. Her famous father, 56, has already been to the hospital twice on Thursday to check in on his family.
The baby girl is the first child born to a ruling French leader since Napoleon.
Reporting by PETER MIKELBANK