Source : Europe 1
French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine said he delivered suitcases from Libya containing 5 million euros in cash to Nicolas Sarkozy to contribute to his 2007 election campaign.
A few days before the first round of a primary election to pick the centre-right’s candidate, Nicolas Sarkozy would have done without this bad publicity. In a filmed interview published by Mediapart, Ziad Takieddine, a French-Lebanese intermediary, claims to have given three suitcases of Libyan money to Nicolas Sarkozy and his chief of staff, Claude Guéant, between the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, for a total of five million euros. Takkiedine supposedly acted as an intermediary between the former president and the late Libyan leader Mummer Gaddafi. “I want to denounce the mafia state in which we are living”, said Takieddine. Contacted by Mediapart, Claude Guéant denied and Nicolas Sarkozy did not react. Claude Guéant announced his intention to file a complaint for defamation against the Franco-Lebanese businessman.
Mathéo Geslan, IEJ3F