The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy appeared on the TV channel TF1 air to explain the details about the recent accusations.
On the evening prime time on Thursday, Nicolas Sarkozy rejected accusations of illicit Gaddafi-linked funding for his 2007 presidential campaign and said they were making his life “hell”. According to the former president, who gave very an emotional interview on Thursday, his accusers were lying and pledged to fight back.
“I am accused by people close to a dictator whose terrorist regime we destroyed,”
Mr Sarkozy said and added there “isn’t the least proof.”
Being French president, Nicolas Sarkozy pushed the NATO to intervene in Libya against Gaddhafi after he brutally cracked down on internal protests. The U.S., France, the U.K. and other NATO allies conducted air strikes against Lybian forces, ultimately helping rebel groups topple his regime.
Gaddafi-linked funding for Sarkozy’s election: ‘There isn’t the least proof’
Nicolas Sarkozy remembers how the son of then-Lybian leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al Islam, said on March 16t, 2001:
“Sarkozy must give back the money we gave him. We have pictures, recordings, wire transfers, bank accounts”.
Seventeen years after such groundless Saif al Islam’s announcement, none has seen any document, any picture, any account, any other material proof of Gaddafis have been funding the presidential run of Mr Sarkozy. According to the former French president, current scandal is based on the hate and emotions, not facts.
Meanwhile, France faced one of the biggest protests – tens of thousands of train drivers, teachers, nurses, air traffic controllers and other public sector staff went on strike across France on Thursday, staging street protests against Emmanuel Macron’s plans for change. French President has promised to cut the number of public workers by 120,000 over five years, and now workers complain of unfair pay stagnation and increasingly difficult work conditions.