Exclusive: how President Sarkozy’s team dealt with Gaddafi

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Over several years, beginning in 2005, Franco-Lebanese businessman and arms dealer Ziad Takieddine acted as the pivotal intermediary on behalf of Nicolas Sarkozy’s closest aides in negotiations for lucrative military and security contracts with the regime of Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Takieddine’s role began when Sarkozy served as French interior minister and continued after the latter was elected president of France in 2007.