The fact that French Justice Minister Rachida Dati gave birth five days before this picture, at the age of forty-three, is extraordinary and remarkable, but not a great moral achievement for herself or all womankind, as this kind of news story typically tends to imply. What I am impressed by is this woman's sheer and utter Frenchness: is this the most impressive example ever seen of a black skirt and jacket with plain earrings? She seems to wear the jacket every day, too, knowing her style and sticking to it, admirably.
The smile speaks volumes of course, and is unusually glam for a politician, or even Carla Bruni. Presumably having walked from the delivery room to the Palais de l'Élysée while maintaining secret knowledge of the baby's father (especially if it was President Sarkozy) must make one feel quite powerful, but that gorgeous velvet jacket- with the turtleneck- and the Mediterranean-style hoops! More mature, sexy and self-assured than in the pregnancy photo, she has something of the ultra-glamorous Simone De Beauvoir slash Princess Diana in the black minidress wronged woman (as in "wronged? me? ha!") about her. Wonderful.