Why this story matters:
Rumours about Sarkozy's ties with Gaddafi were first brought to light by the investigative website Mediapart in 2012. Last week, 6 years later, a formal investigation began.
After being interrogated by the anti-corruption squad of Nanterre on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20, Nicolas Sarkozy was indicted for corruption. He still denies any wrongdoing.
The ex-Libyan dictator could have given as much as 5 million euros to the Sarkozy campaign, making this an unprecedented scandal in French politics.
The citizens of France waited six years to find out the truth behind those accusations and their possible link to Sarkozy's subsequent war with Libya. This might be the week when their wish is finally granted.
Details from the story:
- Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of having accepted funding for his 2007 campaign from Muammar Gaddafi.
- On Wednesday 21 March, Nicolas Sarkozy was indicted for corruption.
- The former President is under judicial supervision and cannot travel to some countries.
- On Thursday March 22, Nicolas Sarkozy gave an interview to TV news anchor Gilles Bouleau on TF1.
- He said he "never betrayed French citizens" and claims he is innocent.
- Mediapart has been investigating the case for years. Sarkozy accused them of wanting to spread fake news.