Former President Nicolas Sarkozy

“The police are holding former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to investigate the funding of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for his campaign in 2007,” French newspaper Le Monde reported on Tuesday (March 20th).
The French newspaper said investigations showed that funding negotiations were held at a conference in Dubai on education, and then some interviews were held at Sarkozy’s office in Paris.
The case began for the first time in May 2012, according to the French media website MediaBart.
Investigations indicated that the mediator in those negotiations was Ziad Taqi al-Din, who in November 2016 revealed that he transferred $ 5 million in cash from Tripoli to Paris at the end of 2006 and early 2007 and handed it over to Claude Gian, And Nicolas Sarkozy.
Le Monde quoted sources inside the French police as saying that many Libyan figures were interrogated under Gaddafi and there is new evidence of “illegal financing” that Nicolas Sarkozy may sign in a major crisis. According to the newspaper, “the detention of Sarkozy may continue for 48 hours.”
The case of corruption in the French public opinion in 2013, after accusations of Sarkozy to receive funds from Gaddafi to fund his campaign, in the presidential elections that won and took over the presidency of France succeeding President Jacques Chirac in 2007 to 2012 when he lost to Francois Hollande.


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