Balkany is standing in the “North America” constituency, where French citizens living in the United States or Canada can vote.
Speaking at a meeting in Montreal, Balkany said the children of French citizens should have priority for places in French schools abroad.
“In the Lycée Français in New York this year, there are 12 places available for the first year in nursery school and there are more than 250 requests for places”, he declared. “They have taken Donald Trump’s son, Madonna’s daughter and the children of Angelina Jolie. I find that unacceptable.”
“If I am elected, they can find themselves another school” he went on to say, “because they will not be put before “Pierre, Paul or John”.
However, Balkany might find that he is on sticky ground. Both Madonna and Angelina Jolie are descended from French Canadians, and it is possible that their children have French citizenship.
Julien Balkany is the brother of Patrick Balkany, whose wife is godmother to Jean, the son of president Nicolas Sarkozy.