Birth of French Justice Minister Rachida Dati’s Baby Girl Intensifies Speculation Over Father’s Identity

If you’ve been pregnant before, your heart has to go out to the incessant swarms of paparazzi the pregnant stars of Hollywood have to endure for those long nine months. First there’s the constant speculation–are they or aren’t they?–the need to send out a press release to confirm details you wish to keep private, and then those pictures of you looking bloated, puffy, tired, or like you had a bout with morning sickness only an hour before. This voracious hounding of the press isn’t limited to the famous faces of the United States.

Zohra Dati is already a celebrity, the subject of news outlets, being discussed on the internet, and even has a Facebook page. She is two days old. Her mother is Rachida Dati, France’s glamorous Justice Minister who is refusing to name the father of her child. The question of Zohra’s paternity is the country’s favorite soap opera, er, news story.

Two weeks premature, Zohra is the first for the 43-year-old Dati, who is single. The identity of the father has remained the subject of much behind-the-scenes guessing in France, where Dati has become a political celebrity since since she became a symbol of ethnic diversity when she was appointed to President Sarkozy’s Cabinet in 2007 as the first politician of north African origin to hold a senior French government post. A host of European magazine covers celebrated her against-the-odds success story as the second of 12 children born to a Moroccan labourer and illiterate Algerian mother, hailing her as the new face of France.

Dati, who had an arranged marriage annulled in her youth, said it was ‘fundamental’ for her to have a child. “If it is consolidated, I will be happy and feel as if I have completed the circle. If not I will be deeply sad, but I will put a coat of lipstick on it, and carry the burden on my own,” she said on announcing the pregnancy.

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