Jean Sarkozy

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Jean Sarkozy
Jean Sarkozy (byammar) 2008.jpg
Sarkozy during the 2008 French cantonal elections
Born Jean Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa
(1986-09-01) 1 September 1986 (age 30)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
Nationality French
Occupation Politician
Spouse(s) Jessica Sebaoun (2008–present)
Children Solal Sarkozy
Lola Sarkozy
Parent(s) Nicolas Sarkozy
Marie-Dominique Culioli

Jean Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ saʁ.kɔ.zi]; Hungarian: nagybócsai Sárközy János; born 1 September 1986) is the son of the former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy. Jean is a regional councillor in the city of Neuilly-sur-Seine, France and registered as a first-year law student at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University in 2007. He is a backroom activist for his father's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), a center-right party.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sarkozy was born in September 1986 to Nicolas Sarkozy and his first wife Marie-Dominique Culioli. He has an older brother, Pierre (born 1985), a younger half-brother named Louis (born 1997) from his father's second marriage to Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz as well as a younger half-sister named Giulia (born 2011) from his father's third marriage to Carla Bruni.

Neuilly-sur-Seine mayorship[edit]

Nicolas Sarkozy attempted to parachute David Martinon, his presidential spokesman, into the mayorship of Neuilly-sur-Seine where the president had formerly served as mayor. Jean Sarkozy was asked to persuade the voters to support his father's choice. After a poll showed that Martinon was not very popular and would lose the election, Jean Sarkozy publicly broke rank and said it was impossible to continue backing his father's mayoral choice. He and other politicians from the UMP party decided to campaign on their own ticket.[4] Martinon stepped down as the party's candidate for mayor. Jean Sarkozy announced he was running for office himself as the UMP candidate for regional councillor in the electoral district of Neuilly-Sud. He was born, brought up and now lives in Neuilly-Sud. He faced three other candidates, Marie Brannens from the Socialist Party, and candidates from the Democratic Movement (MoDem) and the Front National.[5]

La Défense controversy[edit]

In 2009, Sarkozy was nominated to become the head of EPAD (fr), the development agency for La Défense, France's biggest business district, West of Paris, the development agency of which controls an annual budget of more than one billion euros. French and international newspapers ran stories examining the link between the nomination and Sarkozy's father's Presidency. Criticism has been made about the obvious lack of academic qualities and professional experience for such a high position.[citation needed] An online petition against the nomination received 10,000 signatures a day.[6] In October 2009, a survey found that 64% of French people oppose the arrival of Jean Sarkozy at the Epad.[7]

The Daily Mail noted that "when asked whether the President's son might be a bit young for such a relatively prestigious job, EPAD's current president responded using the traditional French political foil of quoting classic literature: "In souls nobly born, valour does not depend upon age."[8] The Times called the nomination an "astonishing act of nepotism by Nicolas Sarkozy" and said that "Jean, who is repeating his second year of undergraduate law at the Sorbonne, after having repeated the first year, was elected to a Neuilly seat on the notoriously sleaze-ridden department council last year. He was immediately given the job of heading Dad's Union for a Popular Movement on the body."[9]

The President of Medef replied to these criticisms saying she believed it was "fantastic that a young and motivated man" may want to be at the head of the largest business district in France.[10] Likewise, Nicolas Sarkozy defended his son by saying that "it's never good when someone is attacked in an excessive manner for no reason"[11] Jean Sarkozy said that would not give up the position,[12] and demanded on French television not to be judged on his name, but on his acts.[13] He received the support of David Douillet, a former champion of Judo, newly elected to the Chamber of Deputies of France under the banner of the UMP.[14] Finally due to mounting pressure, Jean Sarkozy had to renounce his nomination.

Personal life[edit]

Jean Sarkozy was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine and educated at the Lycée Pasteur. He married Jessica Sebaoun-Darty on 10 September 2008 at the Neuilly-sur-Seine city hall. She gave birth to their first child—a son, Solal Nicolas Marc-André—on 13 January 2010. His second child, a daughter Lola was born in April 2012. His wife is the daughter of Marc-André Sebaoun and Isabelle Maruani (née Darty). Maruani is heiress to a major consumer electronics company, the Darty group. He has denied reports that he intends to convert from Catholicism to Judaism, Sebaoun's religion. The cartoonist Siné came under sharp criticism and was sacked from his magazine after accusing Jean Sarkozy of converting out of ambition and was sued by the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA).[15]

In 2007, Le Canard enchaîné, an investigative weekly newspaper, reported that French police had gone to extraordinary lengths to try to find his scooter when it was stolen, including taking DNA samples from his helmet. The scooter was recovered in 10 days.[16]


  1. ^ "Sarkozy son's marriage to Jewish heiress clouded by anti-Semitism". The Age. Melbourne. 12 September 2008. 
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  3. ^ Globe and Mail, "Setting his own course where his dad once trod, Jean Sarkozy, 21, has the instincts of a seasoned politician", Anita Elash, 6 March 2008
  4. ^ The Guardian 12 February 2008, "Turmoil as 'Sarkoville' turns against French president in mayoral race: Sarkozy's choice offers to quit as he is so unpopular", Angelique Chrisafis, 12 February 2008
  5. ^ "''Le Figaro'', "Jean Sarkozy, Fils de President en Campagne", 3 March 2008". Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Auteur : Des habitants de La Défense inquiets. "Pétition sur "Jean Sarkozy, renoncez à postuler au poste de président de l'EPAD" : Site de pétitions en ligne". Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "64% des Français contre l'arrivée de Jean Sarkozy à l'Epad | À la Une | Reuters". 9 February 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Mail Foreign Service (9 October 2009). "Sarkozy criticised for keeping it in the family after giving his son Jean a top government job | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Archived from the original on 13 October 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Jean Sarkozy reçoit l'appui de son père et de la droite | À la Une | Reuters". 9 February 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Jean Sarkozy reçoit l'appui de son père et de la droite | À la Une | Reuters". 9 February 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Pourquoi Jean Sarkozy s'accroche, malgré l'ampleur de la polémique". Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jean Sarkozy : first time in TV". YouTube. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "David Douillet défend Jean Sarkozy et le maintien du bouclier fiscal - Politique -". Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  15. ^ New York Times,"A Scooter, a Sarkozy and Rancor Collide"
  16. ^ Anita Elash (6 March 2008). "Globe and Mail. Ibid". Toronto: Retrieved 17 April 2011.