Libyan funding of Sarkozy campaign: Takieddine retracts, the evidence remains

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Sitting on a bench looking out over the sea near Beirut, his arms pressed close to his sides, the ruined businessman Ziad Takieddine, who is on the run after being jailed by a French court in the Karachi affair, has made a retraction. In a 30-second interview on news channel BFM-TV – probably the shortest the station has ever done - the middleman announced that the French justice system had made him say the exact opposite of what he was thinking or saying during the nearly eight years of the affair that involves claims of Libyan funding of Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign.