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Jolie gives birth to boy and girl


Angelina Jolie's obstetrician Michel Sussmann and Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi talk about the Jolie-Pitt's latest arrivals.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has given birth to twins at a hospital in southern France.

The 33-year-old had a boy, Knox Leon, and a girl, Vivienne Marcheline, by Caesarean section on Saturday evening, according to her doctor.

Actor Brad Pitt, the twins' father, was by her side in the delivery room.

"He was perfectly calm and everything went well," Dr Michel Sussmann told reporters. "The parents and the babies are in excellent health."

Dr Sussman said the birth had been moved forward "for medical reasons" but did not give further details.

Nice's mayor, Christian Estrosi, visited the hospital on Sunday to deliver the twins' birth certificates - robbing the ever-present paparazzi of a shot of Pitt arriving at City Hall to register the babies.

"It's a happy day for Mrs Angelina Jolie and all the citizens of Nice," said Mr Estrosi.

Tight security

Dr Michel Sussman
Dr Sussman said both babies and parents were "in excellent health"

The celebrity couple, dubbed Brangelina in the press, already have a daughter together - Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt - who was born in Namibia in 2006.

They have also adopted three more children - Cambodian-born son Maddox, daughter Zahara from Ethiopia and Pax, from Vietnam.

Their newest daughter is named after Jolie's mother, also an actress, who died of cancer last year.

Marcheline Bertrand raised Jolie and her brother, James Haven, from a young age after divorcing their father, actor Jon Voight.

Local newspaper Nice Matin, which first broke news of the birth, reported on Sunday that Pitt and Jolie had sold the rights for the first photo of their newly enlarged family to an unnamed US magazine.

The fee, rumoured to be several million dollars, will be donated to charity, it added.

Jolie is expected to stay in the Lenval hospital for a few more days to rest.

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