The eldest son of President Nicolas Sarkozy left Ukraine on Wednesday after spending a day in hospital with apparent food poisoning, officials said.

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Sarkozy’s son leaves Ukraine after hospital stay

The eldest son of President Nicolas Sarkozy left Ukraine on Wednesday after spending a day in hospital with apparent food poisoning, officials said.

“He has left Ukraine,” the French embassy said, without commenting further.

Local authorities in the resort city of Odessa said earlier that Pierre Sarkozy, a 26-year-old hip-hop producer known as DJ Mosey, had been taken to hospital but that his life was not in danger.

Local media said Sarkozy had been scheduled to perform in a night club in Odessa on Tuesday, but was hospitalised under tight security after suddenly falling ill.

“It looks like food poisoning,” a Ukrainian security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The website Dumskaya.net said a team of French doctors had flown to the Black Sea port to help the French leader’s son.

The French embassy declined to provide details, saying the president’s son was in Odessa on a “private visit”.


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France announces seizure of Russian oligarch’s €108m yacht

Just days after the announcement that the French finance ministry was drawing up a list of assets owned by sanctioned Russian oligarchs for seizure comes the first action - a yacht has been impounded in a harbour on France's Mediterranean coast.

France announces seizure of Russian oligarch's €108m yacht

French customs officials announced on Thursday that they had impounded the yacht Amore Vero, owned by sanctioned billionaire Igor Sechin.

The official announcement said: “During the night of March 2nd to 3rd, French customs officers seized the yacht Amore Vero at the shipyard in La Ciotat, after an inspection lasting several hours.

“Owned by a company in which Igor Sechin, head of the Rosneft company, has been identified as the main shareholder, this yacht fell within the scope of the freezing measures decided against its owner by the European Council.

“These measures, which apply immediately, require the detention of the vessel.”

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The 86m-long super-yacht, built in 2013, has an estimated value of €108m – and annual running costs of €10m. 

It was moored in the harbour of La Ciotat, between Marseille and Toulon on France’s Mediterranean coast. According to customs officers, it had arrived there in January and was undergoing repairs, but crew were “making arrangements to leave in a hurry, without having completed the planned work”.

The seizure is likely to be the first of many, as the French finance ministry has created a taskforce of customs officers and tax inspectors to identify and seize assets owned by Russian oligarchs who are under EU sanctions.

It comes after officials in the German port of Hamburg also seized a yacht belonging to a Russian billionaire on Thursday.

Finance minster Bruno Le Maire said: “We thank the French Customs for this seizure carried out as part of the implementation of the European Union sanctions against Russia.”

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