Sarkozy to Strike Back Over Gadhafi Pay Claim

Promises to take action by Sunday
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2012 8:52 AM CDT
Sarkozy to Strike Back Over Gadhafi Pay Claim
France's President and candidate for re-election in 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy, pauses as he delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Toulouse, western France, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Nicolas Sarkozy says he will take action against a prominent French website that accused him of being offered $66 million from Moammar Gadhafi in 2006 to finance his first presidential run. The AP reports that Mediapart on Saturday claimed to have a Libyan document in hand that verifies the offer. Sarkozy plans to file an official complaint before the end of the current presidential race; France votes on Sunday. The claim against Sarkozy was first made last year by one of Gadhafi's sons, as France pressed for international airstrikes against Gadhafi's forces. (More Nicolas Sarkozy stories.)

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