French first lady should testify to Libya inquiry

14th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 14, 2007 (AFP) - France's Socialist opposition called Tuesday for first lady Cecilia Sarkozy to testify to a parliamentary inquiry into the release of six foreign medics jailed in Libya.

PARIS, Aug 14, 2007 (AFP) - France's Socialist opposition called Tuesday for first lady Cecilia Sarkozy to testify to a parliamentary inquiry into the release of six foreign medics jailed in Libya.

The Socialist Party has demanded an inquiry into a possible trade-off between the release of the medics on July 24 and French-Libyan arms deal struck the same week. President Nicolas Sarkozy says he has nothing to hide and supports the inquiry, expected to take place in the autumn.

Cecilia Sarkozy acted as her husband's envoy to Tripoli for the final stage of negotiations, personally escorting the nurses home after the end of their eight-year prison ordeal on charges of infecting children with the AIDS virus.

"If we want to know what price was paid, what really happened between France and Libya, if we want to discover the secret of this diplomacy that is kept hidden from everyone... we will have to question Mrs Sarkozy and (Claude) Gueant", the Elysee secretary general, said Socialist deputy Jean Glavany.

Another Socialist deputy, Pierre Moscovici, told Liberation newspaper Cecilia should "be held accountable" when she acts as "personal envoy for the head of state."

Sarkozy travelled to Paris the day after the medics' release, signing a agreements with Libya on military cooperation and plans to supply a nuclear reactor for water desalination.

Days later, a deal was announced for Libya to purchase anti-tank missiles and a radio communications system from the European aerospace giant EADS, in which France is the largest public stakeholder.

AFP

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