N. Korean Leader’s Nephew To Attend College in France

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 Kim Han-sol, the nephew of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is set to start university in France this summer, according to a report in Japan.

A North Korean official in Zhuhai, China, a city that borders the Macau Special Administrative Region, reportedly told Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun that Han-sol will matriculate at a university in France in September. It is not yet known which university the 18-year-old will be attending.

Afater graduating from the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia last month, Han-sol recently returned to Macau, where his family has been living in virtual exile from the communist regime since the early 2000s.

Speaking to a Finnish television network last year, Han-sol caught the world’s attention as he spoke fluent English throughout the interview in which he called his uncle Jong-un a “dictator.” He also said that his ultimate goal is to help the two Koreas “unite.”

Han-sol sparked interest among South Koreans a few years ago after it was learned that he posted a survey on his Facebook account, which is deleted now, asking whether his friends support communism or democracy. He noted that he prefers the latter.

His father, Kim Jong-nam, fell out of favor with former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il after he tried to enter Japan with a fake passport to visit Disneyland in May 2001. Jong-nam has long been excluded from the Kim family for being an advocate of reform in North Korea and also for living a westernized, lavish lifestyle.