President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 23-year-old son is angling for a key job overseeing billions of euros in commerce — a job critics say he does not deserve.
Jean Sarkozy is the main candidate for chairmanship EPAD, the quasi-governmental agency that manages La Defense, France’s top financial district. Indeed it’s a proposal that’s amusing some.. Former Socialist prime minister Laurent Fabius joked: “Europe’s biggest business district is in need of a strong legal mind. And Mister Sarkozy is a second year law student. “That’s a very, very strong factor.” Cécile Duflot, Head of the Green Party said:“It’s the territory of property developers with huge financial interests and so one can legitimately ask questions.” The press have nicknamed Sarkozy “Prince Jean” and over 30 thousand people have signed an online petition against the proposal. However, Sarkozy’s conservative backers insist he’s qualified. Frédéric Lefebvre, UMP spokesperson said: “Jean Sarkozy, he’s been about for two years. He works. His actions are recognised, more by the citizens than elected officials. I don’t see how we should judge him. I find that disgraceful.” Jean Sarkozy was elected last year to a regional council representing a suburb of Paris, where his conservative father served as mayor for 19 years. In France, elected officials often hold multiple jobs, though it is rare for a politician to be elected while still in school.