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France embroiled in "Sarkogate"

Recorded phone conversations are said to document the illegal influence of France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy on members of the judiciary. Meanwhile the ruling Socialist government is caught up in contradictions over when it became aware of the phone tapping. Are the country's two largest parties self-destructing?

Libération - France | Tuesday, 18. March 2014

Sarkozy again at the centre of bugging affair

New recordings of conversations incriminating French President Nicolas Sarkozy have come to light. He is said to have tried to influence judges who were investigating illegal party donations. The investigative news website published the recordings on Tuesday. Finally the media are focussing on what's really at stake, the left-liberal daily Libération writes in delight: » more

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 18. March 2014

Hollande must talk straight on bugging scandal

French President François Hollande spoke out on the bugging affair surrounding his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy for the first time on Saturday. However he avoided answering the question of when he first learned of the wire tapping. The liberal daily Le Monde calls on Hollande to talk straight: » more

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | Thursday, 13. March 2014

Bugging scandal brings transparency to Paris

The French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira has rejected calls for her resignation in the affair over the bugging of Nicolas Sarkozy's phone calls. She admitted on Thursday that she had known about the recordings as early as February. The liberal daily La Libre Belgique believes the public discussion is good for transparency in the judiciary: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Thursday, 13. March 2014

Front National will reap what the others have sown

Members of the French government have contradicted each other on how much and how long they have known about the bugging of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy. A risky game, because above all the Front National will benefit from the affairs dogging the conservative UMP and the chaos in the Socialist Party, the liberal daily Le Soir writes: » more

Ouest France - France | Tuesday, 11. March 2014

Democracy needs secrets

Hundreds of lawyers have signed a letter of protest against the tapping of telephone calls between Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog in the context of investigations into illegal campaign donations. In their view such bugging operations violate the principle of professional secrecy. The lawyer Bruno Cressard explains in the regional daily Ouest-France how important the private sphere is for democracy: » more

La Tribune de Genève - Switzerland | Monday, 10. March 2014

Sarkozy's past catching up with him

The French judiciary is now investigating several cases against former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Among other things he is said to have done a judge who passed on to him classified information concerning criminal investigations special favours. This will make a comeback all the more difficult, Olivier Bot writes in the regional paper La Tribune de Genève: » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

Sarkozy's clan mired in scandals

The weekly paper Le Canard enchaîné published on Wednesday excerpts of conversations in the Elysée secretly recorded in 2011 by Patrick Buisson, advisor to President Nicolas Sarkozy at the time. The new scandal in the conservative UMP highlights the lack of morals during Sarkozy's term in office, the left-liberal daily Libération contends: » more


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