Sarkozy, the arms dealer, and a secret 350 million-euro commission

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A contract for the sale of submarines to Pakistan is currently the subject of a French judicial investigation into suspected illegal political party funding in France via commissions paid abroad. Several witnesses have identified Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine as being a principal intermediary in the deal. In this third report on the activities of the arms dealer and his close relations with President Nicolas Sarkozy's immediate entourage, Mediapart reveals how in 2003 Takieddine was destined to receive 350 million euros in secret commissions from another arms contract, via a company run by the interior ministry then headed by Sarkozy. Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske investigate.

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In the first two articles in this series of reports about businessman and arms dealer Ziad Takieddine, Mediapart exclusively revealed his very close personal links with key members of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's immediate entourage, including past and present ministers. Mediapart has also revealed how Takieddine pays no income nor wealth tax in France, his fiscal domicile and where, according to documents signed by him, he has a wealth of more than 40 million euros.