Journalist 'witnessed deal' over Libyan funding of Sarkozy campaign

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A Tunisian journalist who became a prominent figure in Muammar Gaddafi's regime has revealed that he was present during the negotiations over Libyan funding of Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign. Tahaer Dahec says that the sum agreed was 57 million euros, part of which went to a middle man. The revelation comes after a French TV station broadcast an interview with the late Libyan dictator in which Gaddafi himself spoke about how he funded the campaign. As Karl Laske reports, it is yet more powerful evidence of the illegal financing by a foreign power of the former French president's election bid.

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It comes as further proof that the Libyan regime funded Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign. On Wednesday Tahaer Dahec, a Tunisian journalist who became a key figure in Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, stated that he was present at an hotel in Tripoli when senior regime figures negotiated the financing of Sarkozy's successful attempt to become French president. “Libya helped Sarkozy, everyone knows that, the amount is known, but I was a witness and was present at the time of the negotiations,” he said. His revelations came as French TV station France 3 broadcast an audio interview with Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 in which the dictator spoke about his financial support for the Sarkozy campaign. A formal investigation into the allegations is currently being carried out by independent examining magistrates in France.