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Sarkozy’s Ex-wife ‚berated‘ Libya’s Gaddafi 5. Oktober 2013

Filed under: Von hier und dort — Knecht Christi @ 14:35



Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi was submitted to a fierce verbal attack by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s ex-wife Cécilia, she reveals in a new book, when she went to Tripoli to secure the release of six medics on death row.


Cécilia Attias who divorced former-French president Nicolas Sarkozy shortly after his 2007 election victory – claims in a new book that she berated and insulted the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi when she was sent to secure the freedom of six medics facing execution. The five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor had been convicted – allegedly after torture – of starting an HIV epidemic at a children’s hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi in 1998. In excerpts of her bookA Need for Truth (Une Envie de Verité), published Thursday in weekly magazine Le Point, Attias described a „lonely“ diplomatic mission to Libya, telling how she was driven – alone and in a car that blocked mobile phone signals – to an isolated compound near Tripoli. Once there, she was led into a murky underground bunker. The door slammed behind her and she heard a key turn to lock her in.




Don’t stand so close to me„!


In walked Gaddafi, she wrote, “this decrepit former athlete with a puffy face, obviously tired and looking like a second-rate actor in a second-rate production”. Before he could speak, she claims she launched a verbal barrage at the Libyan strongman: “Are you at all aware of how I have been treated? And don’t stand so close to me! If anything happens to me here you will have to answer for it in front of the international community. And you don’t want that to happen”. After a confused exchange with the Libyan strongman – in which he made vague excuses for not seeing her earlier – Attias felt she had the upper hand. “He was obviously taken aback,” she wrote. “And I realised what was going on. The decision [to release the prisoners] was not being blocked by him, but by his government and by his son, Saif al-Islam”.




„Are you happy now“?


“I want to invite your husband to Tripoli,” Gaddafi stuttered, according to Attias. She said she then laid down an ultimatum: “He will never come to see you unless you release the medics”. Then, “angry and obviously wanting an end to the conversation”, he replied: I want to give them to you. There, you can have them. Are you happy now„? Attias says she immediately dispatched two French security officers to the prison where the six were held, and after confused negotiations with the frightened governor, they left with the freed nurses and the doctor. Sarkozy and Saif al-Islam, speaking on behalf of the Libyan government, later denied that a huge arms deal signed between France and Libya in the following months had anything to do with the prisoners’ release.



Sarkozy treated with respect


Attias’s less-than-complimentary description of Gaddafi – who was killed in a rebel uprising in 2011 that enjoyed strong French military backing – is the only time she goes out of her way to tarnish any of the players in her life story. Notably, she treats her former husband with a large degree of respect. She wrote that she met and fell in love with her future spouse Richard Attias in 2005, later returned to Sarkozy’s side for his presidential campaign and despite becoming France’s first lady in May 2007, divorced him soon after. „What happened to me has happened to millions of people. One day you no longer have your place in the couple, the couple is no longer the essential thing of your life,” she said. “It no longer functions; it no longer works”. “It just so happened that he was French president, but I did what I had to do,” she said, adding that some of her friends had divorced their husbands hoping to take her place. Some people will do anything for money and power,” she wrote. Cécilia Attias’s book is on general release from next week. {Source:  www.france24.com – By Tony Todd}




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Sarkozy seals partnership with Gaddafi after Bulgarian nurses are freed



French President Nicolas Sarkozy met Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi yesterday in a push to deepen ties, clinching accords on defence and nuclear power a day after helping solve a dispute between Tripoli and the West. Ministers of the two countries signed agreements on a military-industrial partnership, a nuclear energy project and cooperation in science research and education, officials said.


Sarkozy, who met Gaddafi in a tent in the compound of his Tripoli residence, has said he wants to help Libya return to the „concert of nations“ after it freed six foreign medics convicted of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. The medics – five Bulgarians and a Palestinian – left Libya on Tuesday on a French plane accompanied by Sarkozy’s wife and hours of energetic telephone diplomacy by her husband, clearing the way for his visit to Tripoli. „I am happy to be in your country to talk about the future,“ Sarkozy wrote in a book at Gaddafi’s residence. He is seeking to further French business interests in Libya and boost diplomatic ties before flying on to Senegal and Gabon. Gaddafi, wearing sunglasses, a white suit topped by a beige shawl and a pendant in the shape of Africa, showed Sarkozy around the wreckage of a building he once used as his home in the sprawling compound in central Tripoli. The building has been left unrepaired to mark an overnight attack by U.S. warplanes in 1986 in which an estimated 40 people were killed including Gaddafi’s adopted daughter Hanna. Then President Ronald Reagan said the attack was in retaliation for what he called Libyan complicity in the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin a month earlier in which three people, including a U.S. serviceman, were killed.


Libya ended decades of international isolation in 2003 when it agreed to halt a weapons programme prohibited by the United Nations and pay compensation for the bombing of a U.S. airliner over Scotland in 1988 in which 270 people were killed.


The following year it signed a similar deal over the 1989 bombing of a French UTA plane over the West African country of Niger that killed 170 people.


France convicted six Libyans in absentia for the UTA attack. French-Libyan relations, which had been warm in the 1970s, hit a low during the UTA dispute and French officials spoke of a new era after the compensation deal. An aide to Sarkozy said officials had signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on a nuclear energy project. „The objective is to cooperate so as to work on the installation in Libya of a nuclear reactor to supply drinking water from desalinated sea water,“ Claude Gueant, the secretary general at the French presidential palace, told reporters. Gueant said the accord was a strong signal. „This means that a country that respects international rules can get to a civilian nuclear industry,“ he said. In Washington, a Bush administration official said that at first glance the United States did not object to the accord. „As long as it does not involve a dangerous part of the fuel cycle we don’t have a problem,“ he added. French oil firms had benefited from the absence of U.S. competitors in Libya. But U.S. oil firms, barred since 1986 due to economic sanctions, have now returned and Libya has held three oil licensing rounds to draw investment. Most of the permits were awarded to U.S., Japanese and Russian firms. Sarkozy will be keen to maintain France’s influence in Libya as other Western powers beat a path to Tripoli and Washington gradually steps up its diplomatic presence in the country. U.S. President George W. Bush’s administration nominated its first ambassador to Libya in 35 years when it became clear the medics‘ case was on the way to being resolved. The French-Libyan deals came about one day after Sarkozy and his wife, Cecilia, helped secure the release of the above six foreign medics, who had been sentenced to death accused of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with AIDS. {Source: www.dailymail.co.uk –   26 July 2007}



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