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Sarkozy and the neo-cons

by manon Fri May 12th, 2006 at 12:54:58 PM EST

This is my first diary, so please bear with me.

According to Wayne Madsen, Sarkozy may not be as clean as he looks in the Clearstream affair and may actually be linked to American neo-cons:

French Prime Minister under full scale neo-son attack. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, under fire for carrying out an order from President Jacques Chirac to investigate neo-con Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy's financial sources and discovered links to a Luxembourg-based clearinghouse called Clearstream. Sarkozy was suspected of illegally receiving kickbacks involving the sale of six French frigates to Taiwan in 1991. According to informed French and Italian sources, Sarkozy, who is being defended by the global neo-con media as the victim of a "smear campaign," appears to be up to his neck in suspicious foreign financial connections and that is what prompted DeVillepin, Chirac, and French intelligence to investigate the right-wing and vociferously anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Interior Minister. Sarkozy is suspected of links to the same Russian-Israeli mafia syndicates that have been connected to Jack Abramoff, Dick Cheney, and leading Israeli politicians.

Now Wayne Madsen may not be the most believable source, but sometimes his cooky theories are true. For example, he was talking about rendition flights by the CIA long before anyone else.

Read the rest of the story at www.waynemadsenreport.com

Well, I'd sure like to see Sarko caught up in the scandal...we'll see, I guess...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri May 12th, 2006 at 05:37:32 AM EST
By the way, thank you for your diary...hope to see more in the future!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri May 12th, 2006 at 06:48:31 AM EST
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I'll go contrarian here. Someone is "suspected of", by "informed sources", he "appears to be", and so on.

This is just not up to ET standards.

Democracy is not a given. Democracy is a fight. Propagating rumors about politicians is just doing a disservice to democracy : extremism and populism are the winners.

by balbuz on Fri May 12th, 2006 at 03:09:27 PM EST
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I'll recommend your diary if at least because I want Sarkozy to fall, fall, fall, and thus I looooove the Wayne Madsen theory. Welcome aboard, manon!
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri May 12th, 2006 at 06:57:17 AM EST
as Elvis "The King" would say:

"Thank you.  Thank you very much"

by manon (m@gmail.com) on Fri May 12th, 2006 at 07:02:29 AM EST
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Sure, Sarkozy is the preferred candidate of the US and the international right and some chunks of the business press because he appears to be pro-"reform", he's tough on immigration and "insecurity", and he sounds pro-American.

But he is a control freak, and a typical member of the French State apparatus (even if he hasn't gone to ENA, he has been in French politics for the past 25+ years, and behaves just the same), and he has some nationalist and statist instincts that will certainly not endear him to neo-cons once he is in power.

See him as a combination of Blair (for the exclusive focus on, and mastery of, spin) and Chirac (for the opportunitism, the vicious killer instinct and the utter lack of personal beliefs in any policy or priority).

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri May 12th, 2006 at 08:37:47 AM EST
He was a keaynote speaker at the recent PP "convention" in Spain. That alone gives me the creeps about him [that same weekend, Villepin was photographed wuite happy next to Zapatero].

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 12th, 2006 at 08:38:53 AM EST
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I think that you have to add to your mix something of Devilliers or Le Pen as well. There is a lot of Blair and Chirac in him but his nationalism is stronger than the other two. But it is a more clever nationalism than Le Pen. He can even manage to get Arabs to agree with him every once in a while.
by STA (sta.blog@gmail.com) on Fri May 12th, 2006 at 10:02:13 AM EST
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Would anyone bother to substantiate any of these accusations ?????

Why should we believe a single word of this ???

In 1991, I believe that Sarko had only ever held local council positions (was he already mayor of Neuilly?) and was a member of a weakened opossition party.  Why on earth would have he received any kickbacks from the Taiwan sale, unless of course every politician in France had, but he would have ranked fairly low in the pecking order then?

'La fin désastreuse a répondu aux moyens indignes' Germain Tillion

by Rom on Fri May 12th, 2006 at 12:31:42 PM EST
Though I agree on substantiation (see below), if you take a look at Sarko's bio on Wikipedia you'll see he was city councillor of Neuilly from 1977, Mayor of Neuilly from 1983, and deputy for the Hauts-de-Seine from 1988. By 1993 he was Budget Minister, a financial post if ever there was one...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 13th, 2006 at 08:10:19 AM EST
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Fair point, what I meant is that Sarkozy was not a prominent figure of the French political scene at the time.  The old guard was Chirac, Pasqua, Balladur, the new guys around the block were Seguin, Noir, Carignon, Leotard, Madelin.

My belief of the Taiwan frigates scandal (but I can't substantiate either) is that it was so big and so secretive despite numerous subsequent changes of political majority that I suppose all mainstream parties got their share of it, and indeed not just the socialists. But again, Sarkozy was unlikely to get a bigger share than many more prominent political figures at the time.

'La fin désastreuse a répondu aux moyens indignes' Germain Tillion

by Rom on Mon May 15th, 2006 at 04:31:49 AM EST
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I thoroughly dislike Sarkozy and hope he won't become President. I also doubt he's miraculously clean in all his money dealings. But what's suggested here goes way beyond what even rumour says about him in France.

And things don't fit in this theory. See this:

The neo-cons are using Clearstream and their man Sarkozy to hammer DeVillepin as a way of clearing the path for Sarkozy to become the next French President.

I'm afraid Sarkozy already had every chance of becoming President without it. The opinion polls never gave Villepin winning, in any case. Now, on the other hand, the Clearstream scandal may get out of hand and damage the chances of any candidate from the right, handing the election to the left. Oops, silly neo-cons!

Just a detail: "the neo-Nazi French National Front". The NF is racist, anti-semitic, xenophobic, extreme right, but it is not neo-Nazi.

You yourself say Madsen is not a good source. I don't know where he gets his stuff from, but most of it seems pure conspiracy fantasy. As others have said above, there's not an ounce of substantiation for the tale he tells about Sarko.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 13th, 2006 at 08:01:26 AM EST
Heartily welcome on the diaries board, manon.  Happy so see that we are getting such a good and diversified coverage of the French fin de regne.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Sun May 14th, 2006 at 06:27:58 AM EST

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