Solly joins TF1

Fromer Sarkozay aide to work with MD

PARIS — Laurent Solly, former campaign manager for France’s new president, Nicholas Sarkozy, has taken up his duties at commercial broadcaster TF1.

A 37-year-old graduate of ENA, which trains France’s elite, Solly has joined the web as a company director, a statement from TF1 said Friday, without being more specific.

Solly’s appointment caused a furor when it was announced by TF1’s parent company, the Bouygues Group, in May, just after Sarkozy’s electoral victory.

Politicians on the left claimed Sarkozy was trying to be a French Silvio Berlusconi by seizing control of France’s leading web.

Group topper Martin Bouygues is a long-standing friend of the new head of state and is godfather to one of his children.

In its statement Friday, TF1 said that Solly will work with new managing director Nonce Paolini on “operational and functional missions” including the creation of a new acquisitions structure.

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