French President Nicolas Sarkozy intervened on behalf of Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to help secure his release on bail from a Swiss prison, the French newspaper Le Parisien reported Sunday, citing Polanski's sister-in-law, Mathilde Seigner. "The president has been very effective," Seigner told the newspaper. The London Times said that Polanski will be able to stay at his luxurious chalet in Gstaad while he fights extradition to the U.S., where he is wanted on a fugitive warrant following his conviction for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. However, the newspaper noted, although he will be required to wear a bracelet allowing police to verify that he is staying at the chalet, it does not offer a GPS system that would alert them to his whereabouts should he leave. His lawyers in the U.S. are also seeking to have the charges against him dismissed.

30/11/2009