When Sarkozy’s chief-of-staff outlined a programme of future partnerships between the EU and Libya, and becomes a speech writer for Gaddafi

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28.07.2011

In a letter addressed to the Libyan authorities on July 20th 2007, newly-elected President Nicolas sarkozy’s chief-of-staff, Claude Guéant, outlined a programme of future partnerships between the European Union and Libya. He set out France’s intentions "to reinforce its bi-lateral cooperation in the fields of technological development, of civil nuclear power, of defence and of training".
In another letter prepared by Guéant dated August 29th 2007 and sent to arms dealer and business intermediary Ziad Takieddine for his approval, Guéant sent Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi a proposed declaration by the Colonel on the question of trade-offs for the release of a group of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian medic imprisoned in Libya for allegedly infecting children with the HIV virus. Takieddine sent back to Guéant a corrected version.

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