Jobless stage sit-in at posh Sarkozy restaurant

Dozens of campaigners on the dole and trade unionists staged a sit-in at  Fouquet’s, a glitzy Paris restaurant where President Nicholas Sarkozy famously celebrated his 2007 election victory.


Dozens of campaigners burst into Fouquet’s, an expensive restaurant on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on Wednesday.

The squatters, many of whom are on the dole, say they want presidential candidates to take serious steps to tackle unemployment in France.

In 2007, Sarkozy celebrated his election victory at the Fouquet’s with the Parisian upper-crust. The restaurant has since become a symbol for Sarkozy’s perceived ‘bling-bling’ style and close relations with the French moneyed elite.

A police source quoted by French daily Le Figaro, says two Fouquet’s employees were wounded when the campaigners flocked into the restaurant.

The activists occupied the restaurant briefly before leaving the premises. Outside, they were arrested by riot police and taken to police station for a ID check.