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Nicolas Sarkozy allegedly spent $51,000 of taxpayers’ money to send a military jet to “repatriate his son from Ukraine”, The Telegraph reports.The poor boy, Pierre Sarkozy, had fallen victim to food poisoning.
The Dassault Falcon 50 transport jet used to bring him home is part of a fleet meant for presidential and ministerial missions and other state duties.
When asked who paid for the flight, the president’s office told weekly satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné (unfortunately not online) that Sarkozy had “personally paid the cheque of 7,632 euros” to cover the cost of the flight.
But official figures available on the French defence ministry’s website say the jet used costs 5,600 euros (£4,657) an hour to keep in the air, the newspaper said.
By those calculations, the seven-hour return flight to Odessa would cost 39,200 euros (about $51,000), a little more than the president claims to have paid.
A spokesman for President Sarkozy said the decision to fly his son home was made “by the president’s chief doctor”.
Pierre Sarkozy, 26, also known as DJ Mosay, fell ill after eating something before he was due to perform at an exclusive nightclub in Odessa on January 24, The Daily Mail reports. He was soon admitted to a hospital and his show was cancelled. He has now made a full recovery at home in Paris.
Pierre and his brother Jean, 25, are Sarkozy’s sons from his first marriage to Marie-Dominique Culioli.
Sarkozy and his third wife, Carla Bruni, have been frequently criticised for lavish ways, and particularly for spending a fortune on air travel. And given his poll numbers right now, this is not going to do him any favours.
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