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Sarkozy fury over ‘Gaddafi millions for 2007 campaign’ – RT

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out at journalists and rejected claims he took €50 million from Muammar Gaddafi to fund his 2007 presidential campaign before backing an insurgency against him, as documents alleging a money-trail between the two emerged.

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“If he had financed it [the 2007 campaign], then I haven’t been very grateful,” Sarkozy sneered at a TF1 presenter accusing her of sympathizing with the Gaddafis.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) greets Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, 12 December 2007, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, before their meeting (AFP Photo / Stephane De Sakutin)

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Libya’s late-leader was brutally murdered following a NATO campaign against him led by France and the UK, both of whom had welcomed Gaddafi back into the political fold.

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“Gaddafi, who is known for talking nonsense, even said that there were cheques. Well, then the son should just go ahead and produce them,” he added.

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Nicolas Sarkozy takes part in the TV broadcast “Paroles de candidats” of French TV channel TF1, next to French journalist Laurence Ferrari (L), on March 12, 2012(AFP Photo / Eric Feferberg)

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The president’s fury comes after investigative website Mediapart released a report by French terrorism expert Jean-Charles Brissard. Its claims that Sarkozy secretly received Gaddafi’s millions for his previous election campaign are based on court testimony to an arms trafficking probe.

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The report alleges that French arms dealer Ziad Takieddine arranged the Gaddafi donation channeled via Panama and a Swiss bank account in the name of a sister of one of Sarkozy’s key political allies, the head of his UMP party.

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The deal was said to be reached during one of Sarkozy’s frequent trips to Libya as French interior minister, where he met Gaddafi in person.
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France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) chats with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi prior the first working session of a European Union and Africa summit 08 December 2007, in Lisbon (AFP Photo / Pool / Antonio Cotrim).

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A memo obtained by Mediapart claims that a meeting on October 6, 2005 resulted in “campaign financing” of “NS [Nicolas Sarkozy]” being “totally paid”.

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Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, currently held by Libyan militias, also claims his family financed Sarkozy’s 2007 campaign.

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“He’s disappointed us. We have all the bank details and documents for the transfer operations and we will make everything public soon,” – threatened Saif al-Islam in a TV interview during the NATO-backed military campaign in Libya.

 

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