Libyan funding affair: Nicolas Sarkozy's final defeat against Mediapart


France's highest appeal court, the Cour de Cassation, has rejected an appeal by former president Nicolas Sarkozy in a case against Mediapart relating to the authenticity of a key document showing he was promised Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign. The judgement, published on Wednesday January 30th, means that the former president can no longer evade the election funding scandal revealed by this site, says Mediapart's publishing editor Edwy Plenel.

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It is the epilogue to a judicial battle which started nearly seven years ago in the spring of 2012 and which has ended in Mediapart's favour. Having investigated since July 2011 the links forged by Nicolas Sarkozy and his close entourage with the Libyan dictatorship and its leader Muammar Gaddafi, on April 28th 2012 Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske revealed the existence of an official Libyan document that had been saved from the archives after the regime's downfall in 2011.