French first lady Carla Bruni says she will never let the media film or photograph her baby, which is due just months before her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy, seeks re-election.

"I will do everything I can to protect this child ... I will never show photos of this child, I will never expose this child," Bruni told TF1 television.

The supermodel-turned-singer said she had made a "serious mistake" the one time she let her 10-year-old son from a previous relationship be exposed to the glare of the media spotlight.

This was when she visited the Petra archaeological site in Jordan during a visit there with Sarkozy during their whirlwind courtship before their marriage in 2008.


Bruni said she did not know if her new baby, due next month, was a boy or a girl.

Sarkozy is widely expected to run for re-election in April next year, and some political commentators have predicted that a new baby could help boost his disastrous polling numbers as he tries to win back lost support.

The 56-year-old Sarkozy has three sons aged 14, 25 and 26 from two previous marriages.