Sarkozy-Libyan funding case: the bizarre inside story of attempted manipulation

By , and

In November 2020 Ziad Takieddine, a key witness in the judicial investigation into Libyan funding of Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign, retracted his evidence. The apparent volte-face by a man who had previously said Nicolas Sarkozy had been corrupted by Libyan money in the affair was seized on by the former president's supporters as a turning point in the lengthy judicial saga. But Takieddine's retraction was not a genuine one. New legal documents seen by Mediapart – who originally broke the story of the alleged funding scandal - show the scale of the media manipulation used to help Nicolas Sarkozy. The former president's role in this is now at the heart of this part of the investigation. So, too, is the role played by the so-called 'queen of the paparazzi' Michèle 'Mimi' Marchand who is currently in custody in connection with the case. She has told detectives that her role in the affair was to: “Kill Mediapart”.  Fabrice ArfiKarl Laske and Antton Rouget report.


Reading articles is for subscribers only. Subscribe now.

It was supposed to be the long-awaited Holy Grail for Nicolas Sarkozy. It was meant to be proof of legal plots fabricated against him for years by a French judicial system and police officers operating in bad faith and outside the law. This moment came when businessman Ziad Takieddine, one of the key witnesses in the investigation into Libyan funding of Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign, “confessed” in the autumn of 2020 that he had wrongly accused Nicolas Sarkozy of being corrupted by the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi.