[Marxism] Sarkozy and his generous supporter
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Mon Mar 12 16:39:13 MDT 2012
Sarkozy pledges to 'save European way of life'
Six weeks ahead of elections, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is
seeking to appeal to far right voters by vowing to crack down on
immigration to France.
By Robert Marquand, Staff writer
posted March 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm EDT
So now, Nicolas Sarkozy is – maybe – going to close France to the rest
In a grand reelection rally last night, the French president threatened
last night to end French participation in Europe's free travel zone
should the continent fail to tighten its borders. Lax controls and
illegal immigrants threaten an “implosion of Europe” Mr. Sarkozy said,
only days after saying France has too many foreigners.
Last night’s cry from the president at a rally of more than 50,000 was
to “save the European way of life” threatened by illegals and
globalization. Both themes are the chief points of the far right
nationalist Marine Le Pen; at one point Sarkozy beseeched the crowd to
"help" save a France in crisis. He also proposed a protectionist “buy
European” plan that would allow only European contractors to bid for
European infrastructure building, and said that if it failed, he would
make it apply only to France.
Gaddafi 'contributed €50m to Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election fund'
French president hit by new claims as confidential note suggests
ex-Libyan leader helped finance his election campaign
Kim Willsher in Paris
guardian.co.uk, Monday 12 March 2012 15.16 EDT
Damaging new claims have emerged about the funding of Nicolas Sarkozy's
2007 election campaign and his links with former Libyan leader Muammar
The French investigative website Mediapart claims to have seen a
confidential note suggesting Gaddafi contributed up to €50m (£42m) to
Sarkozy's election fund five years ago.
Similar allegations emerged a year ago when Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam
claimed Libya helped finance the 2007 campaign and demanded the French
president, who led the war on the Libyan leader, return the money.
In an interview with the Euronews TV channel, Saif al-Islam, who is
currently being held in Libya after his father's defeat and death,
threatened to make details of the bank transfers public after the French
leader threw his weight behind opposition forces.
The latest allegations come at a crucial time for Sarkozy who is seeking
a second term in office in a two-round election in under six weeks.
Mediapart journalist Fabrice Arfi told the Guardian he had seen leaked
documents contained in the legal dossier of the affair, currently under
investigation by a judge.
"We knew these documents existed but it is the first time we have had
the details of what was in them," he said.
"And there are lots of details, including dates, places and amounts."
One document, a government briefing note, allegedly points to visits to
Libya by Sarkozy and his close colleagues and advisers, which it says
were aimed at securing campaign funding.
Shortly after Sarkozy's election, Colonel Gaddafi was invited to Paris
and allowed to pitch his bedouin tent in the grounds of an official
French residence close to the Elysée Palace. He was described as the
"Brother Leader" by the French.
When previously asked about Saif al-Islam's claims, a spokesman for the
Elysée Palace told Le Monde: "We deny it, quite evidently."
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