Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy accepted 50 million Euros in illegal contributions from former Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi to finance his political ascent, Britain's The Independent reported Thursday.
The claim was made last month to a French judge by Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, who allegedly has facilitated illegal dealings between France and the Middle East for two decades.
According to the report, Sarkozy accepted more than 50 million Euros from Qaddafi, and that his first presidential campaign in 2006-7 was “abundantly” financed by Tripoli.
The allegations were rejected as “outrageous” and “self-interested” by sources close to Sarkozy. However, Takieddine reportedly was ready to show investigators proof of the financial dealings if a judicial investigation is launched into Libya’s financing of French politicians.
Sarkozy, in conjunction with British Prime Minister David Cameron organized the foreign intervention in October 2011 that led to Qaddafi's overthrow.