“If it’s a series, it looks like the script is implausible. In the new episode of the case of an alleged Libyan financing of the 2007 campaign, Nicolas Sarkozy strikes back. It is imbued with a “cold anger whose depth and strength you cannot imagine” that the former president reacted this Friday evening on BFMTV to the retraction of Ziad Takieddine, his main accuser. Two days after the sulphurous and versatile Franco-Lebanese contract negotiator made a 180-degree turnaround in this matter, the former President of the Republic, jaw clenched, retaliated vigorously, repeating several times: “We are among the fools!” “
“Is it normal that a former President of the Republic is dragged in the mud as I have been for eight years on the sole statement of an individual who lied and who comes to say: I lied ? “Asked Nicolas Sarkozy, pointing to the reaction of the national financial prosecutor who recalled Thursday that the charges against him” are not limited to statements “by Ziad Takieddine and are also based” on serious or concordant clues “.
When the businessman accused him, “in the moment, a judicial investigation was opened”, recalled Nicolas Sarkozy. “When the same individual says I lied based on what a judge made me believe », (…) I ask that we do the same treatment (…). We cannot consider as the PNF did in 24 hours: Move along, there’s nothing to see “, Argued the former head of state who is surprised, heavy with innuendo, that Ziad Takieddine, sentenced last June to five years in prison with a committal warrant in the Karachi case, was able” keep his passport and leave the territory without being asked to account ”.
“I make the French judges of this pitiful affair”
“I hope that we will go to the end of the investigation”, insists Nicolas Sarkozy. Is he asking for the opening of an investigation against Judge Serge Tournaire who investigated the case? “It’s not for me to decide […] I’m not asking for anything. I make the French judges of this pitiful affair ”, he answers, refuting point by point the other charges weighing against him. For the time being, he remains indicted for “concealment of embezzlement of public funds”, “passive corruption” and “illegal campaign financing”, and since mid-October for “criminal associations”. “I am ashamed for those who use this expression”, he also tackled the magistrates. While he will appear from November 23 for corruption in another case, that known as “eavesdropping”, he again tackled the judges: “The real thugs is to wiretap the greatest lawyers to pay themselves. Sarkozy! “
Asked about the management of the health crisis by the executive, Nicolas Sarkozy was cautious: “I am not criticizing. […]. I am not criticizing because I know it is difficult. “” It is not Mr. Hollande who wants “, he could not prevent scratching his predecessor. Because the politician is never far away. He also took advantage of the interview to propose a “short-term moratorium” on immigration so that all political forces “think about how to adapt our legislation” in the face of the terrorist threat. A moratorium that Marine Le Pen had also proposed on October 19. But promised, Nicolas Sarkozy will never return to “the arena of political politics”. “It would not be a service to render to the country”, he believes funny, while saying “available” if “the President of the Republic needs to discuss”. A wise man that he now prefers to play to all the others.
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