One of President Sarkozy's sons was allegedly flown home from Ukraine at the expense of the French taxpayer after he had a bout of food poisoning.

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Sarko junior flown home on presidential jet

One of President Sarkozy's sons was allegedly flown home from Ukraine at the expense of the French taxpayer after he had a bout of food poisoning.

As The Local reported last week, Pierre Sarkozy had been invited to work as a DJ at a private party in the resort city of Odessa in the Ukraine.

The 26-year-old hip-hop producer, who prefers to be known as DJ Mosey, was struck down by food poisoning while in the country.

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 did not provide details at the time, saying Sarkozy was in the town on a “private visit.”

Yet, according to weekly newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné, the private visit became a public matter when a Falcon jet from the presidential squadron was commandeered to collect him and bring him home.

The newspaper reported that the Elysée Palace, official residence of the French president, confirmed the facts, adding that the president had himself “paid from his own pocket the sum of €7,632 ($10,000).”

However, the weekly reported that according to official figures from the ministry of defence, one flying hour on the jet costs €5,600. For a seven-hour flight, the true cost would be in the region of €40,000.

The newspaper also commented that if Sarkozy junior was well enough to take a commercial airline home, the use of a presidential jet would have contravened the rule of “public sector neutrality.”

This rule stipulates that only in cases of the public interest, are state-run entities allowed to compete with the private sector. Le Canard Enchaîné speculated whether Pierre Sarkozy’s stomach problems fell into such a category.


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Macron, Scholz and Draghi meet Ukrainian president in Kyiv

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have met the Ukrainian president in Kyiv, after the trio travelled overnight by train from Poland.

Macron, Scholz and Draghi meet Ukrainian president in Kyiv

The three leaders left in the early hours of Thursday, arriving into Kyiv on Thursday morning. After a visit to the heavily-bombed town of Irpin, they met Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

It is the first time that the leaders of the three European Union countries have visited Kyiv since Russia’s February 24th invasion of Ukraine, and the visit comes as Kyiv is pushing for membership of the EU.

Macron has been paying a two-day visit to Romania and Moldova to discuss the ongoing crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

There had been widespread speculation in France that he would combine the trip with a visit to Zelensky in Ukraine, but this was not confirmed until Thursday morning.

In a joint press conference with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, Macron reiterated his desire that Ukraine should win the war, but added that eventually negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will be necessary.

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