Takieddine’s note to Guéant on the unusual contract proposals he was to raise with Tripoli

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28.07.2011

On September 22nd 2005, the arms dealer and business intermediary Ziad Takieddine sent a note to Claude Guéant, who was at the time chief-of-staff to then-interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy. Guéant is due to travel to Libya ahead of an official visit to Tripoli by Sarkozy. Among the subjects on the agenda for Guéant’s talks with the Libyan officials, Takieddine refers to arms contracts, notably the "protection of borders carried out by the French security pole led by Sagem and the ‘refit’ of the Mirages, Sukhois (170 in all)". Armaments deals of the sort would in theory normally be managed by the French defence ministry and not by the Ministry of the Interior.

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