Thursday, March 1, 2007

Sarkozy's apartment dominates news

The English language news world is buzzing over two things today: Nicolas Sarkozy's foreign policy speech, and perhaps more importantly, the allegations that he received a substantial discount in the purchase of an apartment in Neuilly.

This from the Guardian:

The couple paid about €876,000 (£590,000) for the apartment - between 12% and 35% less than the per-metre price of other apartments bought in the same building during the same period, the report said.

The newspaper also alleged that the building's property developer did free renovations on the apartment, including fitting a polished oak staircase, marble flooring and extensive shelving and bookcases.

Sarkozy has of course denied the charges, and so has the developer that sold the apartment. Interestingly, this is not the first time that Sarkozy's apartment has come up in the campaign.

Asked last weekend in a television interview what he would do if he won the lottery, Mr Sarkozy said he would buy a house. "I don't have one. I had an apartment and sold it. I am now renting. I have dreamt for a long time about buying a house for my family," he said.

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romke said...

It gets better by the day: In 1994, Sarkozy was allowed to buy a 230 m2 piece of land next to his apartment for just one euro. In Paris!

Boz said...

Sarko really knows how to make sacrifices; judging by its location, it was obviously highly undesirable.

Actually the US gov. used to give away land in the west in order to promote greater development, but somehow I doubt that this was the case in Paris in 1994.