How Sarkozy's dealings with Gaddafi went unchecked

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The placing under investigation of Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday for corruption, embezzling public funds and illegal electoral funding by the regime of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has come about as the judicial investigation is in its fifth year, and seven years after Mediapart first revealed the former conservative president’s dealings with Tripoli. During the entire period, which includes five years of socialist government, the political powers have regularly turned their backs on the disturbing questions raised by the mounting evidence of Sarkozy’s dubious relations with the dictator, and also the circumstances of France’s subsequent military intervention in Libya, to the point of dismissing repeated calls for a parliamentary inquiry. Antton Rouget reports.

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Since Nicolas Sarkozy’s exit from the Elysée Palace in 2012, following his electoral defeat by socialist rival François Hollande, the political powers in place in France have recurrently avoided any proper public investigation of the relationship between Sarkozy and the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.