Cop Spied on Sarko's Lovers to 'Smear' Him

'Obsessed' intel chief detailed officials' drug habits, sexual exploits
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2008 6:31 PM CDT
In January 2003, Bertrand filled two pages of his notebook with an account of how Sarkozy left his first wife in the late 1980s for C?cilia, who became his second wife in 1996.   (AP Photo/Laurent Baheux)
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(Newser) – Tawdry revelations from the diaries of a former intelligence chief are proving yet again that no one does scandal like the French: Authorities are accusing Yves Bertrand of spying on Nicolas Sarkozy’s wives and lovers to smear him before he became president and keep Jacques Chirac in power. Bertrand called the allegations “pure fantasy” and defended his notes on the scandal.

“It is normal,” said Bertrand, whose diaries also claim Chirac got a facelift in Canada, an ex-minister had sex with “little boys,” and that another minister was a coke addict. The scandal shows the “extent to which the intelligence service has been used as a tool for settling personal vendettas instead of defending state interests,” the London Times says.