France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has fueled pregnancy rumors by refusing to categorically deny them. The 43-year-old year old ex-model spoke to six readers of Le Parisian newspaper on Monday who were invited to the Elysee Palace to interview her.

One asked her directly, "Are you expecting a baby?" to which she replied, "If you'll allow me, I'd rather not answer these family questions. But on this subject, in some ways my lips are sealed. Not through arrogance or because I like keeping secrets."

She continued, "My lips are sealed to protect something and to protect all the work (my husband) does. I would really like to talk about it, but then it would take over everything else."