Arms dealer suspect in political funding scam probe issues 'warning' to President Sarkozy

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Franco-Lebanese arms dealer Ziad Takieddine, at the centre of what has become known as the ‘Karachi affair', involving secret political funding from commissions paid in French weapons sales abroad, has given a detailed interview to French TV news channel BFMTV (photo), in which he appeared to address a warning to President Nicolas Sarkozy, now increasingly implicated in the case: "I want to see the president, he has an interest, I think, and France has an interest, that he receives me for at least 15 minutes."

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Franco-Lebanese arms dealer Ziad Takieddine, at the centre of what has become known as the ‘Karachi Affair', involving secret political funding from commissions paid in French weapons sales abroad, has given a detailed interview to French TV rolling news channel BFMTV, in which he appeared to address a warning to President Nicolas Sarkozy, now increasingly implicated in the case: "I want to see the president, he has an interest, I think, and France has an interest, that he receives [meets] me for at least 15 minutes."