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Sarkozy phone tap scandal backfires on French government

Published on Mar 12, 2014 8:29 PM
 
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy attends the inauguration of the Claude Pompidou Institut, a new centre for care and research of Alzheimer disease, on March 10, 2014 in Nice, southeastern France. A scandal that initially landed former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy in hot water has boomeranged on to the Socialist government which now stands accused of "political espionage" and threatens a star minister. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A scandal that initially landed former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy in hot water has boomeranged on to the Socialist government which now stands accused of "political espionage" and threatens a star minister.

Several leading members of France's right-wing opposition, itself reeling from a string of corruption cases allegedly implicating Mr Sarkozy and several others, have called for the resignation of Justice Minister Christiane Taubira over the affair.

The scandal centres on explosive revelations Friday that Mr Sarkozy is being probed over suspicions he attempted to pervert the course of justice by trying to obtain secret information about an ongoing court case from a friendly judge.

According to Le Monde newspaper, judges allegedly obtained the information as they had tapped the phones of Mr Sarkozy and his lawyer over a separate probe into allegations the late Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi had helped finance his 2007 election campaign.

 
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