05/17/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
Grandpa has spilled the haricots – French for beans.
Pal Sarkozy, the father of France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy, has told the German newspaper Bild that his son and daughter-in-law, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, are expecting a baby.
Rumors of a pregnancy have been circulating since late April, when the French press spotted the first lady doing some maternity shopping in Paris, although President Sarkozy’s office has declined comment.
Pal Sarkozy, 82, added, “Neither wants to know the gender beforehand, but I’m certain it will be a girl, and beautiful like Carla.”