He’s 23, still at university and he’s about to given a fantastic new job as head of France’s top business district. Oh, and he’s the son of the French President.
The attacks on Jean Sarkozy’ imminent appointment as chair of the agency which manages La Defense have been so venonmous, President Nicholas Sarkozy has today come to his sons defence, saying he’s been “thrown to the wolves.”
There’s been criticism that this stinks of nepotism and that at 23 (and still a student), he lacks the necessary experience to head up such an important and pivotal role. In France an online petition against the decision has gathered over 40,000 signatures and blogs commenting on the job aren’t exactly supportive either.
So, it raises a few questions…there are obvious charges of nepotism, but should we really be surprised? This blog looks at political nepotism in the US. Do children of politicians really get a helping hand thanks to mum or dad? Or is it actually harder to prove themselves? And if you could benefit from a family contact, wouldn’t you use it?
Other questions are about Jean Sarkozy’s age and experience. Can a person of 23 have the ability, experience and skill to manage a team so important to the French government? Or are some people born leaders and deserving, no matter what their age?