Sarkozy to fall over 'grave secret' says Libya
A "grave secret" will prompt the fall of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Libyan state media reported on Thursday after France officially recognised rebels opposed to leader Moamer Kadhafi.
"The Jamahiriya news agency has learned of a grave secret that will trigger the fall of Sarkozy, maybe his trial in connection with fundings for his presidential campaign," state television reported.
The "urgent" statement was displayed on state television's shortly after France became the first country to officially recognise the self-proclaimed rebel national council.
"France has recognised the national transition council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people," one of the opposition movement's envoys, Ali al-Issawi, told reporters after meeting with Sarkozy on Thursday.
"On the basis of this recognition, we are going to open a diplomatic mission, that is our own embassy in Paris, and an ambassador from France will be sent to Benghazi," a key rebel-held city, he added.
A French presidential official confirmed Issawi's statement but declined to give further details.
© 2011 AFP