Leading Gaddafi opponent confirms Libya paid 50 million euros to Sarkozy campaign

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A prominent Libyan dissident who became his country's first head of state after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 has confirmed that the dictator’s regime paid millions of euros to support Nicolas Sarkozy's successful bid for the French presidency in 2007. Mohamed Al Magariaf, who spent many years in exile because of his opposition to the regime, is the first leading figure in post-Gaddafi Libya to acknowledge that his country illegally financed the Sarkozy campaign. Al Magariaf, who spent much of his exile in the United States, also says that payments continued until 2009. His revelations were made in sections of his recent book that were removed by his publisher just before publication. Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske reveal their explosive content.

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For the first time a leading figure in post-Gaddafi Libya has confirmed that the dictator’s regime paid millions of euros to fund the 2007 French presidential election campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy. Mohamed Al Magariaf, a long-standing opponent of Muammar Gaddafi who became de facto president of Libya from August 2012 to May 2013, states that 50 million euros were paid to finance the Sarkozy campaign. Al Magariaf, who spent 30 years in exile, many of them in the United States, also reveals for the first time that Libya continued to fund Sarkozy until 2009.