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French junior minister announces pregnancy on Facebook

France's secretary of state for the digital economy, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (pictured), has announced on the Facebook social networking site that she is expecting a second child.

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AFP - France's minister for the digital economy on Wednesday announced on Facebook that she was pregnant, the second member of President Nicolas Sarkozy's government to mix motherhood with politics.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said she couldn't "hide it any longer."

"So there, it's true, I'm pregnant," wrote the 35-year-old minister in a posted message confirmed by her office.

"My husband and I are very happy. I'm due this summer."

Justice Minister Rachida Dati gave birth to daughter Zohra in January after sparking an intense guessing game in the French press about the identity of the father.

Dati, who is stepping down to run in European parliament elections in June, has refused to divulge the father's name.

Kosciusko-Morizet, who is married and has a three-year-old son, was appointed minister for the development of the digital economy in January after serving as secretary of state for the environment.

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