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Ex-French president Sarkozy, Carla Bruni seek gag order on secret tapes

Published on Mar 6, 2014 5:57 PM
 
Mr Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni on Thursday, March 6, 2014, launched legal action over the publication of potentially compromising tapes secretly recorded during his 2007-12 term as French president. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Mr Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni on Thursday launched a legal bid to prevent any further publication of tapes secretly recorded during his 2007-12 term as French president.

In a move that will inevitably fuel speculation the tapes could contain a seriously compromising "smoking gun," lawyers for Mr Sarkozy said they would be filing a request with a Paris court for an emergency injunction against further distribution or publication.

The tapes are thought to contain hundreds of hours of Mr Sarkozy's private conversations with Ms Bruni and close aides. They were recorded by a political advisor, Mr Patrick Buisson, without the couple's knowledge.

Some extracts - without any really explosive content - have already been published, by satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine and news website Atlantico.

 
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