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Sarkozy: I did not take Gaddafi cash

A furious President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday denied on live television that he had received €50m (£42m) in illegal campaign funding from the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi in 2007.

A left-wing website, Mediapart, had earlier claimed to have a document confirming allegations first made against Mr Sarkozy by Colonel Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam when France and Britain led international airstrikes to help Libyan rebels last spring. "I am sorry for you that you are the spokeswoman for Gaddafi's son," Mr Sarkozy said when asked about the allegations on TV.