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Jeu.24 avril 201424/04/2014 Édition de la mi-journée

Gaddafi funding of Sarkozy election campaign: the proof

|  Par Fabrice Arfi et Karl Laske

Mediapart can reveal compelling new evidence that President Nicolas Sarkozy's successful 2007 election campaign was partly funded by former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. A document signed by a senior figure in Libya in 2006 and recently obtained by Mediapart states that the regime approved a payment of 50 million euros to back Sarkozy's campaign, following a meeting with one of his most trusted politica allies. The explosive revelation is certain to fuel calls for a full-scale enquiry into the funding of the president's last election campaign. Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske report.

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Mediapart can reveal compelling new evidence that President Nicolas Sarkozy's successful 2007 election campaign was partly funded by former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. An official document written by a senior figure in Libya in 2006 and recently obtained by Mediapart states that the regime approved payment of 50 million euros to back Sarkozy's campaign.

In March this website revealed details of a document compiled by a French expert on terrorism outlining an operation in which the Tripoli regime apparently funnelled 50 million euros towards the current president's campaign. At the time this report was angrily denied by President Sarkozy.

The letter now in Mediapart's possession, which is reproduced and translated below, contains proof that the Libyans did indeed agree to provide financial support. This document, which managed to survive the bombing of Libya during last year's ...

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