The 15-year-old son of President Sarkozy was in trouble after throwing tomatoes and other pellets at a policewoman guarding the Elysée Palace where the president lives.

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Sarko junior pelts police woman with tomatoes

The 15-year-old son of President Sarkozy was in trouble after throwing tomatoes and other pellets at a policewoman guarding the Elysée Palace where the president lives.

Sarko junior pelts police woman with tomatoes
Corey Burger

Louis Sarkozy, the son of the president and his second wife, Cecilia, was reportedly playing with a friend at the end of last week in the courtyard of the palace.

Their game became a bit boisterous and they started throwing objects at the officer.

She was hit on the cheek and, on discovering the identity of the culprit, complained to her supervisor.

After news of the incident reached the president he went to apologise to the policewoman.

It is not known what punishment was handed out to his son.

Louis Sarkozy lives in the US with his mother, who has now remarried.

One of Sarkozy’s other sons was recently in the news after he fell ill in Ukraine and needed to be flown home on a presidential jet. 

In January, Pierre Sarkozy was working as a DJ at a private party in the resort city of Odessa when he was struck down by food poisoning.

Weekly newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné reported that the president’s oldest son was flown home on a Falcon jet from the presidential squadron at a cost of around €40,000 ($52,376). 

The Elysée Palace said at the time the president covered part of the costs of the flight from his own pocket.

 

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.

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