The corruption pact behind the suitcases of Libyan cash sent to Paris

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There are always two sides in any corruption pact; two sets of interests and two sets of expectations. In the Libyan election funding affair, the late regime leader Muammar Gaddafi insisted that it was Nicolas Sarkozy who had come to him to “ask” for “assistance” in the latter's 2007 presidential campaign in France. But for him to agree to provide this election funding, which is now the subject of a judicial investigation in France, it presupposes that Gaddafi received assurances of something in exchange from the Sarkozy camp once the election was over.