Sarkozy to Strike Back Over Gadhafi Pay Claim
Promises to take action by Sunday
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2012 8:52 AM CDT
France's President and candidate for re-election in 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy, pauses as he delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Toulouse, western France, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

(Newser) – Nicolas Sarkozy says he will take action against a prominent French website that accused him of being offered $66 million from Moammar Gadhafi in 2006 to finance his first presidential run. The AP reports that Mediapart on Saturday claimed to have a Libyan document in hand that verifies the offer. Sarkozy plans to file an official complaint before the end of the current presidential race; France votes on Sunday. The claim against Sarkozy was first made last year by one of Gadhafi's sons, as France pressed for international airstrikes against Gadhafi's forces.