President Nicolas Sarkozy's son has won a post on the board of the organization that runs France's most important business district after cries of favoritism forced him to withdraw his bid for the top one.

The 23-year-old Jean Sarkozy had been the leading candidate to head EPAD, a quasi-governmental organization overseeing real estate and administration of La Defense, the neighborhood of skyscrapers west of Paris that is home to top companies such as Total. He withdrew that bid Thursday night after two weeks of cries of favoritism that were becoming a political risk to his father.

On Friday, he took a seat on EPAD's 45-member board — 30 of whose members hail from the French president's UMP party or its allies.