Former minister detained over Sarkozy Libya finance allegations

France — Link

Former interior minister Claude Guéant is being quizzed over 500,000 euro payment which he says came from sale of a 17th century painting.

Sarkozy ally denies Gaddafi funding claims

France — Link

Ex-minister Claude Guéant says 500,000 euros in his bank account came from selling paintings not Libyan funding for Sarkozy's 2007 campaign.

Sarkozy to sue over Gaddafi funding claims

France — Link

The BBC reports on Nicolas Sarkozy's announcement he will sue Mediapart for suggesting Muammar Gaddafi planned funding his 2007 election campaign.

Mauritania 'to extradite former Gaddafi spy chief to Libya'

International — Link

Libyan deputy prime minister uses Twitter to announce that Mauritania has agreed to send Abdullah al-Senussi home.

Rebel victory is ‘worst outcome’ for Libya

International — Link

The collapse of Colonel Gaddafi's regime would lead to a dangerous power vacuum in Libya, diplomatic and military sources have warned.

France says cease-fire deal could include Gadhafi remaining in Libya

International — Link

France is ready to consider Moammar Gaddafi remaining in Libya if he quits politics as part of a cease-fire, says French foreign minister.

From ‘honeymoon’ to war: what US cables said about French courtship of Gaddafi

International — Investigation

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has assumed a high profile in the international military offensive launched to support the rebellion against the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. But US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks, and published here by Mediapart, shed a revealing light upon previously sweet relations between Sarkozy and Gaddafi (photo), described by one American ambassador as a "honeymoon" period of "high hopes for lucrative contracts".