Young Sarkozy marks another step in his political ascension
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 21-year-old son will be head of the local council of the wealthy Hauts-de-Seine department near Paris.
17 June 2008
PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 21-year-old son, Jean, said on Monday he will become the head of the UMP group in the local council of the wealthy Hauts-de-Seine department near Paris, closely following in his father's footsteps.
Jean Sarkozy in March took over as head of the branch of right-wing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, the ritzy Paris suburb that catapulted his father to political prominence some 30 years ago.
The announcement Monday that he would head the group of elected departmental officials came as a surprise to many, including some within the UMP party.
The left-wing opposition in the past denounced the young Sarkozy's ascension as a new "hereditary monarchy".
The popular daily Le Parisien on Monday devoted part of its front page to Jean Sarkozy's political career, describing him as a "young man in a hurry".
Le Parisien also published photos of a party the day before for the young politician's engagement.
While his long wavy hair and height differentiate him from the French president, his mannerisms and drive resonate of his father.
[AFP / Expatica]