What the hard disk of close Sarkozy ally reveals about the Gaddafi funding affair

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In what appears to be a significant development in the French judicial investigation into the suspected illegal financing of Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign by the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the probe has discovered evidence pointing to the involvement in the alleged funding of Thierry Gaubert, a longstanding friend and political ally of the former French president. This centres on the contents of a computer hard disk belonging to Gaubert, seized in 2011 in a separate case concerning him, and which have only now come to light. In this first of a two-part report, Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske detail the findings and their implications for Sarkozy.

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Over several decades, Thierry Gaubert remained a close friend and political ally of Nicolas Sarkozy throughout the latter’s political ascension, beginning when Sarkozy was elected in 1983 as mayor of the wealthy Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.