Sarkozy's son 'drops drive for plum job'
The son of Sarkozy has given up his bid to take charge of the public agency that oversees Paris's wealthy business district, a magazine said on website.
The 23-year-old son of French President Nicolas Sarkozy has given up his bid to take charge of the public agency that oversees Paris's wealthy business district, the website of Challenges magazine said on Thursday.
Challenges, an economics weekly, quoted unnamed members of Jean Sarkozy's entourage and said he would announce his decision on French television later in the day.
Jean Sarkozy's move to become chairman of the EPAD agency was denounced as nepotism by opposition politicians and caused widespread disquiet even among government supporters, who feared a voter backlash.
Sarkozy jnr. is an undergraduate law student and critics said he was far too inexperienced to manage development at the La Defense district, which accounts for 10 percent of French gross domestic product.
Jean's retreat represents a setback for the president, who spent a lot of political capital defending the candidature and clearly did not expect the hostile reaction to his son's precocious ambitions.
Reuters Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2009, 20:55