French President Criticizes Polanski Arrest

In interview, Sarkozy cites director’s age, timing of arrest.

Last Updated: October 16, 2009 @ 11:36 AM

The arrest of Roman Polanski was "not a good administration of justice," French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.

Sarkozy is the latest — and most senior — French official to raise questions about the case against Polanski, who was taken into custody in Zurich, Switzerland, earlier this month for extradition to Los Angeles. Polanski fled L.A. three decades ago to avoid sentencing after pleading guilty in the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

In an interview with Le Figaro, Sarkozy noted Polanski’s age.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.