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Sarkozy's son gets on panel

October 24, 2009|Times Wire Reports

President Nicolas Sarkozy's son was elected to the board of the organization that runs France's most important business district after he was forced to withdraw his bid for the panel's top spot amid accusations of favoritism.

The president maintained an official silence, then turned to Facebook to say he was proud of his 23-year-old son.

Jean Sarkozy had been the leading candidate to head EPAD, a quasi-governmental organization overseeing real estate and the administration of La Defense, the neighborhood of skyscrapers west of Paris that is home to top companies and the workplace of 150,000 people.

The 45-member board, 30 of whom hail from Sarkozy's conservative UMP party or its allies, voted to give him the seat of a member who had resigned.

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