Sarkozy wiretapping in Bettencourt scandal

This video is about France: Sarkozy’s 2012 re-election bid and the Bettencourt graft scandal.

Another video from France says about itself:

Nicolas Sarkozy may not be too keen to open the papers this morning – it’s revealed that a witness told a judge they had seen Sarkozy receive envelopes of cash from L’Oréal billionaire Liliane Bettencourt. In other news, one French person in seven is living below the poverty line.

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier:

French government admits to wiretapping journalists in Bettencourt scandal

9 September 2011

On September 1, France’s Interior Minister Claude Guéant admitted that last July French domestic intelligence spied on telephone conversations of Gérard Davet, a reporter at France’s daily of record, Le Monde. This followed a year of denials by Guéant and other officials including President Nicolas Sarkozy—in the face of a complaint by Le Monde—that any such spying had taken place.

Guéant confirmed that France’s DCRI (Central Interior Information Service) had “localized telephone conversations” of Davet. The purpose of this operation was to discover the sources of Davet’s reporting on legal investigations of L’Oréal billionaire Liliane Bettencourt. Guéant added briefly that the courts would “decide the state of affairs” regarding the legality of the police wiretaps.

Last summer the DCRI ordered Orange, the telephone provider, to give them detailed lists of calls (fadettes) made by Davet. This enabled them to subsequently identify the whistleblower, David Sénat, who worked in the department of justice. He was sacked.

This behavior is in flagrant violation of French press laws. Thus Le Monde cited a January 4, 2010 press law, one section of which states: “The secrecy of journalists’ sources cannot be directly or indirectly harmed.”

8 thoughts on “Sarkozy wiretapping in Bettencourt scandal

  1. L‘Oreal heiress has PC seized

    FRANCE: Police raided the home of France’s richest woman in the posh Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine on Monday morning as part of a probe into suspected illegal party financing and tax evasion.

    An official close to the probe says police seized a computer belonging to L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt because investigators want to analyse emails between her and the manager of her fortune, estimated at £15 billion.


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