Suitcases of cash, threats and violence; the fallout from the Sarkozy-Takieddine affair

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Two people have been remanded in custody in the aftermath of the operation in which Ziad Takieddine, a key witness in the Nicolas Sarkozy-Libyan funding affair, made a false retraction of his evidence. One of the men in detention is the wealthy businessman Pierre Reynaud. As Mediapart can reveal, aspects of the saga have taken on the appearance of a Martin Scorsese crime movie. Fabrice Arfi, Karl Laske and Antton Rouget report.

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When she entered the police station in Paris's 16th arrondissement just before 4pm on August 2nd this year, public relations executive Anne Testuz was getting ready to make a statement about events that were to propel the Sarkozy-Takieddine affair into a realm worthy of a Martin Scorsese crime movie