Anti-Semitic graffiti prompts Sarkozy’s son to take legal action
French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s son Jean Sarkozy has taken legal action over anti-Semitic graffiti in the Paris suburb where he is a local councilor, the website of the daily Le Parisien said on Thursday.
The website said Jean Sarkozy had seen the words “Sarkozy, thieving jews” sprayed on the wall of a court building in Neuilly-sur-Seine and had filed a complaint with local police. It said the same tag was sprayed in three other locations.
The complaint follows a controversy over suggestions in a satirical magazine that Jean Sarkozy, 21, was preparing to convert to Judaism following his engagement to a member of the Jewish family that controls electronics retailer Darty.
The comments, in the magazine Charlie Hebdo, led to the sacking of the columnist responsible and a bitter spat in the media among French intellectuals and left-wing politicians over anti-Semitism and freedom of speech.
Jean Sarkozy became engaged in June to Jessica Sebaoun-Darty, whose family owns one of France’s biggest electronics retailers. He has denied he is planning to convert to Judaism.