Chirac 'listening in' on rival Sarkozy's calls

23rd March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 23 (AFP) - President Jacques Chirac is eavesdropping on telephone conversations of Nicolas Sarkozy, his chief rival and head of France's ruling conservative party, a political investigative newspaper with a satirical bent, Le Canard Enchaine, reported Wednesday.

PARIS, March 23 (AFP) - President Jacques Chirac is eavesdropping on telephone conversations of Nicolas Sarkozy, his chief rival and head of France's ruling conservative party, a political investigative newspaper with a satirical bent, Le Canard Enchaine, reported Wednesday.

"A close ally of Chirac more or less confirmed" that the intercepts are going on, the weekly said, adding that they were allegedly not part of an officially mandated police operation.

Sarkozy, 50, has emerged as the principal challenger to 72-year-old Chirac should the latter seek a third term as president in elections due for 2007.

Currently, he leads the Union for a Popular Movement that stands behind Chirac's government. Previously he served as interior minister and economy minister.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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