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'Prince Jean' Sarkozy Drops Bid for Post

Nearly-law-grad vows to continue in politics, denies nepotism
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2009 1:20 AM CDT
'Prince Jean' Sarkozy Drops Bid for Post
Jean Sarkozy, son of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, walks past reporters in Neuilly Sur Seine, west of Paris.    (AP Photo/Thomas Padilla, file)

(Newser) – Nicholas Sarkozy's son Jean has dropped his bid to run France's most important business district. The 23-year-old law student, whose move to take over the $150,000 Paris job sparked accusations of nepotism and street protests, announced he didn't want a "tainted" victory. Sarkozy said his "passion for politics" remains, and he'll continue in public life, reports the BBC.

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Critics had complained that the move to install Sarkozy in the post held by his father until 2007 made France seem like a banana republic. "This is the voice of wisdom," said a suburban mayor after learning Sarkozy had pulled out of the running. "This candidacy had no legitimacy whatsoever and was widely felt as a real provocation by the French and their local elected officials.” (Read more Nicolas Sarkozy stories.)

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