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Gaddafi offered Sarkozy $66 million to finance his 2007 campaign: report

11:07 am - 04/29/2012
The hard-charging investigative journalism website Mediapart says a letter shows that Gaddafi offered a boat-load of money to Sarkozy's first presidential campaign five years ago.

In late 2006, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi offered nearly $66 million, or 50 million euros, to support the 2007 campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s current president who is now facing almost certain defeat in a May 6 runoff vote, according to the investigative journalist website Mediapart.

The revelation, purportedly in an official Libyan document, comes a month after Sarkozy publicly rejected claims that his 2007 campaign had accepted funding from Gaddafi — with whom he had publicly carried on amicable relations even before emphatically winning the presidency five years ago.

An image of the Arab-language memo cited by Mediapart can be viewed here

According to the evening newspaper Le Monde, a Sarkozy spokeswoman today denounced the report as a diversionary tactic created by the campaign of Socialist rival François Hollande, the projected winner on May 6.

The Dec 10, 2006 document is signed by Moussa Koussa, Gaddafi’s foreign intelligence chief, and, according to a French translation, reads in part:

“Reference is made by the liaison office of the people’s general committee to the approval for supporting the electoral campaign of the candidate in the presidential elections, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, at an amount valued at 50 million euros…”

Mr. Koussa transmits the confirmed “agreement in principle on the above-referenced subject.” But the note does not indicate whether the funds were ever transferred.

At contemporary rates, that amount would have equaled about $66 million. The Sarkozy campaign officially spent only 20 million euros, or about $26.4 million.

The letter indicates that “an agreement on the amount and the method of payment” was approved several months earlier by Brice Hortefeux, a close ally of Sarkozy who at the time of the letter was minister delegate to France’s semi-autonomous territories. Hortefeux became immigration minister and then interior minister after Sarkozy took office.

Polls forecast that Sarkozy will lose the May 6 election to Hollande by a margin of about 10 points.


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Also, the sudden obsession Sarkozy had with Lybia in March 2011 seemed strange. We know that he always act hastily but... to the point to bypass his minister of foreign affairs ?

zombie_process 29th-Apr-2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
Worst thing is it won't change a thing. Poor people supposedly cheating on the system to get by? HORRENDOUS! Let's kick them out of "our" country! Rich people doing whatever the fuck they want with complete impunity? Yay, let's vote for them!
lai_choi_san 29th-Apr-2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
I think it's true if you're talking of the people who voted for Sarkozy. Regarding the FN electorate and given what Marine Le Pen said about the war in Libya (she was against it and in her point of view, the real aim was not to bring democracy but to kill Gaddafi), it's much more complicated.
cookie1223 29th-Apr-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
The FN electorate do not care about Libya.
lai_choi_san 30th-Apr-2012 05:33 am (UTC)
No but a big part of them care about France's sovereignty and what does a foreign dictator funding the presidential campaign tell them ?...
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lai_choi_san 29th-Apr-2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you, panookah. Something tells me that the the use of $66 million were not limited to the French presidential campaign. Perhaps the deal was related to the Bulgarian nurses affair.
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lai_choi_san 30th-Apr-2012 11:56 am (UTC)
Sorry, it's such an amusing coincidence that I had to share it with you.
hinoema 29th-Apr-2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
This is a very interesting and telling post that will, unfortunately, get little attention.

Why is that?
ladypolitik 29th-Apr-2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hm, well. I reckon it's news in the sense that there's now purported proof of questionable dealings that most people figure are going on between notable governments (not just France!) and their questionable allies. But I think most people would already have the sense that -- in this case, ever since the Libyan disarmament commitment back in '03, and the subsequent mad dash among governments (that USED to vilify Gaddafi), tripping over themselves to be friends with Libya -- this otherwise isnt shocking information.

"Western Governments Selectively Cozy Up To Widely Vilified non-Western Regimes Because of Economic/Military/Political/Geopolitical Self-Interest, News @ 11", basically.

Good to know in any case, I guess.
hinoema 29th-Apr-2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, my first thought was "Where is Putin in all this?"
ladypolitik 29th-Apr-2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
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lai_choi_san 29th-Apr-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
What is exceptional here is not the facts that we already know, it's that journalists manage to find not only testimonies but also a new piece of evidence despite all the efforts to destroy the proofs.
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lai_choi_san 30th-Apr-2012 09:18 am (UTC)
Denying is the least Sarkozy can do after shutting somebody's mouth with bombs.
the_gabih 29th-Apr-2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'd like to be surprised by this. But I'm not.
cookie1223 29th-Apr-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
I love how French medias downplay this story, and let's be reel Sarkozy's (racist) electors will not care about this story.
lai_choi_san 30th-Apr-2012 05:54 am (UTC)
I love how French medias downplay this story
Yes, it's rather telling.

let's be reel Sarkozy's (racist) electors will not care about this story.
Sadly, you're right. They are either rich assholes or they lack of two neurons to rub together.
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