Eavesdropped chats of Mali president deal major diplomatic blow to François Hollande

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At 12.55pm on March 28th, 2014, the Corsican businessman dubbed “the godfather to the godfathers”, Michel Tomi, picked up his phone. At the other end of the line was an old associate, Pierre-Nonce Lanfranchi, known as 'Nono'. “Fuck, they're not letting go of you!” says a clearly irritated 'Nono', a councillor in the small village of Guitera-les-Bains in southern Corsica. On that day an article in Le Monde had revealed the existence of a major judicial investigation into Michel Tomi, who has twice been convicted in financial cases linked to the Corsican Mafia.