French President Nicolas Sarkozy‘s 21 year-old son Jean has announced he won’t be running for mayor of a wealthy Parisian suburb his father once led. Though previously known mostly for ramming his scooter into a BMW and a much-noticed picture of his moose knuckle, a brief but ruthlessly effective foray into politics that spared his father a major embarrassment had spawned rumors about the young Sarko’s political ambitions. The middle Sarkozy child (his older brother is a rapper) reportedly embraced the opportunity to campaign for David Martinon, his father’s hand-selected choice for the mayor’s job of the French president’s hometown. But amid signs that Martinon’s candidacy was tanking (thanks in part to Sarko’s plummeting approval ratings, though a noticeably limp handshake didn’t help), the young law student played hatchet man for his poppa by ceremoniously pulling his support for the candidate. Martinon quickly withdrew from the race and returned to his old job—as President Sarkozy’s chief spokesman. Great to be back in the office, boss! How’s the new wife and your asshole kids?
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