x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Sarkozy to file complaint over website claims of being offered financing from Qaddafi

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, said yesterday he would file a complaint against a news website that claims to have evidence he was offered campaign financing from Muammar Qaddafi for his first presidential bid.

PARIS // The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, said yesterday he would file a complaint against a news website that claims to have evidence he was offered campaign financing from Muammar Qaddafi for his first presidential bid.

Mr Sarkozy has denied the allegation, which was first levied by one of late Libyan dictator's sons last year during Libya's uprising.

The website Mediapart reported Saturday it had a document signed by Qaddafi's spy chief, Moussa Koussa, showing an offer in 2006 by the regime, to spend €50 million (Dh242.8m) on Sarkozy's campaign.