The son of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken for the first time since triggering a public outcry with his nomination for a key job in Paris.
With the French media full of accusations of nepotism, Jean Sarkozy, sporting a new hair cut, has been deflecting criticisms of his youth and family connections. Jean Sarkozy explained in a televised interview, “ It’s true I’m 23 years old and I understand that people are quite rightly asking themselves a number of questions. As far as I’m concerned I want to take this appointment and to all those who are criticising me I am asking to be judged by my actions and I will show what I’m going to do if people put their trust in me.” But the issue has provoked heated debate in political circles with politicians on both sides openly criticising the move. Pierre Cardo, a member of the UMP said: “I think that this is badly timed.There are people who are finding it difficult to secure positions even when they have their Bac plus 3 or 5 years of study. They are finding it difficult to get jobs. I think this has shocked ordinary people.” Sarkozy junior is already an elected regional councillor and head of the ruling right wing majority in the a rich Paris suburb. His has been a meteoric rise by any standards. Socialist Pierre Moscovici said:” This is a totally unacceptable process and is blatant nepotism by the Sarkozy family. It’s a completely un-republican way of doing things.” The job in question is to manage a one billion euro renovation of Paris’ business sector known as La Defense.