New Allegations That Qaddafi Helped Fund Sarkozy’s 2007 French Presidential Campaign

fe77sarkozyqaddafi New Allegations That Qaddafi Helped Fund Sarkozy’s 2007 French Presidential Campaign

As noted
on Reason 24/7
last week, new allegations are surfacing that former French
President Nicholas Sarkozy received funding from the Qaddafi regime
for his 2007 election campaign and afterward, this time from a
Lebanese-born French businessman under formal investigation for
allegedly taking illegal kickbacks for arms deals.  From the

New Zealand Herald:Documentary proof exists that France’s former President
Nicolas Sarkozy took more than €50 million ($78.8 million) from the
late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, a French judge has been
told.The claim, leaked this week, was made just before Christmas by
Lebanese-born businessman Ziad Takieddine, who has been a fixer for
legal – and allegedly illegal – dealings between France and the
Middle East for 20 years…The Lebanese businessman is himself under formal investigation for
allegedly organising and receiving illegal kickbacks on arms deals
over two decades. He admitted on Thursday that his allegations were
part of a proposed trade-off with the French judicial
system.The claim was made most prominently by Saif al-Islam, one of
Qaddafi’s sons, in an
interview with euronews in March 2011, while his father’s
regime was crumbling under fire from Libyan rebels backed by a
foreign intervention advocated aggressively by Sarkozy’s France.
Col. Qaddafi was
captured, sodomized and shot less than six months later, with

aerial support from a U.S. drone.The Herald also notes the peculiar change in Sarkozy’s
attitude toward Libya between his ascension into office in 2007 and
the Libyan civil war in 2011:Allegations of illicit dealings with Gaddafi are
especially sensitive for the former French President. With British
Prime Minister David Cameron, he organised and led the
international support for the Libyan opposition which eventually
led to Gaddafi’s downfall and death in October 2011.Before that, however, Sarkozy puzzled many of his own supporters by
granting Gaddafi an obsequious and glittering state visit to France
in December 2007. It later emerged that a number of contracts had
been signed by France and Libya.Sarkozy is separately under investigation for
other alleged fundraising improprieties in his 2007 campaign.
He was defeated last year by Francois Hollande, who has been
pushing for a foreign intervention in North Africa of his own,
in Mali.

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New Allegations That Qaddafi Helped Fund Sarkozy’s 2007 French Presidential Campaign

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