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Sarkozy scolds son for palace prank

French president Nicolas Sarkozy told TV viewers his youngest son was out of line when he and his friends pelted a policewoman with "vegetables", but said there was always the risk that children would be children when left unattended.

In recent days French media have reported that 15-year-old Louis Sarkozy and friends at the presidential palace threw tomatoes and wadded paper balls at the on-duty officer on March 8.

In an offbeat TV interview, Mr Sarkozy sought to set the record straight. He told Canal Plus: "He was wrong, but it wasn't little balls ... it was vegetables.

"It's not nice. I told him what I thought. I saw the policewoman."

Mr Sarkozy said raising children was "the hardest thing in the world" and leaving a child alone with two friends was risky.

He has three sons and a daughter from three marriages.

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