Skip to comments.Nicolas Sarkozy 'received £42 million from Muammar Gaddafi for 2007 election'
Posted on 03/14/2012 8:38:15 AM PDT by bayouranger
Nicolas Sarkozy received £42 million from Muammar Gaddafi in funding for his 2007 presidential election campaign, it was claimed on Monday.
The terms for handing over the money were agreed in a meeting between the two men in Libya two years before Mr Sarkozys election, documents published by a French investigative website suggest.A memo obtained by the Mediapart site and handed to a judge alleges that the meeting on Oct 6, 2005 resulted in campaign financing of NS [Nicolas Sarkozy] being totally paid.
At the time Mr Sarkozy was Frances interior minister with well-documented ambitions to succeed Jacques Chirac. Political financing laws ban candidates from receiving cash payments above 7,500 (£6,300) but Mediapart claims that 50;million mentioned in the memo were laundered through bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland.
The Swiss account, it is alleged, was opened in the name of the sister of Jean-Francois Copé, the leader of Mr Sarkozys ruling UMP party and one of the most active campaigners for his re-election.
The memo claims that ZT, believed to be an arms dealer called Ziad Takieddine, known to have close ties with several of Mr Sarkozys most loyal aides, was in charge of arrangements...
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Sarkozy must first give back the money he took from Libya to finance his electoral campaign. We funded it. We have all the details and are ready to reveal everything, said Saif-al Islam, currently held in Libya following the overthrow of his fathers regime.
The first thing we want this clown to do is to give the money back to the Libyan people. He was given the assistance so he could help them, but he has disappointed us. Give us back our money.
Mr Sarkozy provoked outrage among opposition figures and some members of his government when he welcomed Gaddafi to Paris in late 2007 when the Libyan dictator was permitted to pitch his tent next to the Elysée Palace.
But he was the first to recognise the Libyan opposition last year and French jets were the first to strike Gaddafis tanks in a military campaign that ended with the Libyan leaders death.
The memo relates the testimony of Mr Takieddines former personal doctor, Didier Grosskopf, whom the dealer took on numerous trips to Libya, and who claimed he witnessed negotiations on party funding. Mr Takieddine cut off all relations with the doctor in 2006, when the memo was written.
Fabrice Arfi, the co-author of the Mediapart report, told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Grosskopf wanted to put down in writing what he had witnessed in case anything happened to him because of what he knew.
The memo also mentions the alleged presence of BH, Brice Hortefeux, one of Mr Sarkozys oldest friends who went on to become his interior minister and is now part of his campaign team.
Mr Hortefeux confirmed yesterday that the 2005 meeting took place but that never was there any question of political financing whatsoever.
The memo reached the investigating magistrate, Renaud Van Ruymbeke, as part of an inquiry into Mr Takieddines alleged role in party funding.
Mr Sarkozy on Monday night angrily denied the allegations he had received money from Gaddafi. If he (Gaddafi) had financed it, then I havent been very grateful, Mr Sarkozy said. Gaddafi, who is known for talking nonsense, even said that there were cheques. Well then the son should just go ahead and produce them then.
Mr Takieddine has denied involvement in any illegal party funding. When previously asked about Saif al-Islams claims, a spokesman for the Elysée Palace told Le Monde: We deny it, quite evidently.
Mr Takieddine declined to comment about the latest allegations.
France, always in bed withthe worst.
France was sending SAMs to Iraq in 2003.
They were importing Libyan oil.
And apparently in bed with Quackdaffy.
Wonder who else they’re in bed with?
I doubt the Qaddafi family will pony up this time?
No way this guy can be reelected, imo.
Now Libya is under the oppression of islamic Theocracy, back on the terror list, and our enemy again!
Thank you B Wacky!!!! MMmmmm mmnmmm mmmm!
Chirac was on Saddam’s dime and defended him right to the last.
If Sarkozy took Khadaffi’s money, as he says, he certainly didn’t show much gratitude. They would be right to demand their money back.
Thanks bayouranger. Looks like some campaign dirty tricks squad stuff.
Apropos of nothing...
[snip] After a brief partnership in a haberdashery store, Truman turned to politics and, with support from the Democratic machine of Thomas J. Pendergast, was elected judge (1922-24) and president judge (1926-34) of Jackson co., Mo. He attended (1923-25) the Kansas City school of law. In 1934 he was elected a U.S. Senator. In the Senate he was a firm supporter of the New Deal policies of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but the administration was cool toward Truman because of his connection with Pendergast. By 1940 the Pendergast machine had been broken, and Truman had a hard fight for reelection... [/snip]