updated 09/05/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/05/2011 AT 10:45 AM ET
Just weeks before giving birth, Carla Bruni Sarkozy doesn’t know whether the new arrival will be a boy or a girl – but she does know one thing.
“You don’t have a child for the [photo] gallery,” said Bruni, insisting that her “position as the wife of the head of state has made me even more defensive. I understand the media interest, and I don’t see any inconvenience in it for myself or my husband, but when it concerns the children, it’s not impossible.”
She added, “I will do everything to protect this infant, and I’ll be absolutely rigorous. I will never show photos of this child. I will never expose this child.”
She called this decision “an adult choice.”
Defending herself as “a little mother hen,” the former top model said she took the same position with her first child, Aurelian, now 11, and regrets having once made an exception by taking him on a very public date to the archeological site at Petra in Jordan while she was first dating her then-husband-to-be Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008.
“My eldest son was exposed once, not in a public situation but in a private one, and it was a great error. I should never have taken my son to visit this magnificent site,” she said. “I should have foreseen there would be photographers.”
With Sunday’s interview, in effect, her first public discussion of her pregnancy, Bruni-Sarkozy said with a laugh, “It’s difficult, difficult to hide.”
And with tabloid speculation that the baby would be male, she waved a finger and said, “A boy? I don’t know myself, so the press knows better than I do.”
Asked whether she had already arranged for nursery facilities in the Elysée-Palace, she responded that she “won’t install a nursery” – but “a cradle, maybe.”