Exclusive: phone taps reveal Sarkozy plot against 'bastard' judges

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The controversial phone taps on former French president Nicolas Sarkozy made earlier this year, and which sparked a political row, show evidence of a plot to neutralise the judges who are investigating him, Mediapart can reveal. This website has had access to the summary of seven calls made between Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog which show that the two made made use of what was in effect a dirty tricks unit to find out what was happening in both the Bettencourt affair and the investigation relating to Libyan funding of Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign. The affair now looks set to become a major state scandal in its own right. On the face of it the calls suggest that there was an attempt to violate the secrets of a judicial investigation and to corrupt a senior judge.