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ParisSarkozy’s phone tapped: Revelations that French police tapped the private cellphone of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy are reverberating through French politics this week. The tap was ordered last year as part of an investigation into allegations that late Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi funded Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign, but it has allegedly turned up evidence in another case, in which Sarkozy is suspected of having rigged a dispute-settlement procedure to ensure that a supportive tycoon got a big payout. The allegations could thwart Sarkozy’s hopes for another presidential run in 2017, but the tapping initiative has also put the current Socialist government on the defensive against charges of political spying just weeks before crucial local elections.

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