Sarko Junior Makes His Political Debut

Jean, 21, emerges as player in dad's old suburb of Neuilly
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 5:45 AM CST
French presidential spokesman David Martinon, foreground center, escorted by an aide, right, is surrounded by reporters as he walks the streets of Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of Paris, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Before becoming France's hyper-president, Nicolas Sarkozy was mayor of chic Parisian suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine, the country's richest town. But only weeks before a mayoral election, his hand-picked successor has withdrawn from the race after losing a powerful supporter: Jean Sarkozy, the president's own 21-year-old son. Many are now wondering about the political ambitions of Sarkozy fils, writes the Telegraph.

The rich, conservative citizens of Neuilly were angered by the parachuting of presidential spokesman David Martinon into the Sarkozy fiefdom, reports the Times of London. The president sent Jean to campaign, but when Martinon's candidacy became hopeless, the Sarkozys pulled the plug. Sarko junior isn't running for mayor yet, but the time might soon be ripe: his father won the job at only 28.