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France's two top parties in all-out war over Sarkozy phone taps

France's ruling Socialists and the main opposition party of Nicolas Sarkozy were locked in a no-holds-barred verbal war Friday after the ex-president compared the court-ordered tapping of his phones to spying by East Germany's Stasi police. The spat came just ahead of local elections due over the next two weekends and was sparked by a vitriolic newspaper piece by Sarkozy, which drew a strong rebuke from President Francois Hollande.

France's Sarkozy rejects corruption allegations

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday angrily rejected allegations of corruption that have threatened his political career, in his first public reaction to a phone-tap scandal that has gripped France. "I think it is now my duty to break... (my) silence. If I do this, it is because the sacred principles of our Republic are trampled on with unheard of violence and with an unprecedented absence of qualms," the 59-year-old wrote in the Le Figaro daily.

France's Hollande, Sarkozy spar over 'Stasi' wiretapping

French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out Thursday over the court-ordered wiretapping of his phones, with a comparison to snooping by East Germany's Stasi police that drew outrage from current leader Francois Hollande. Sarkozy, 59, referred to the feared communist-era secret police in a stinging piece for the newspaper Le Figaro, in which he broke a long silence on mounting corruption claims against him that are undermining his chance of a comeback.

France's Sarkozy rejects corruption allegations

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday angrily rejected allegations of corruption that have threatened his political career, in his first public reaction to a phone-tap scandal that has gripped France. Sarkozy said in a column in French daily Le Figaro that publication of excerpts of his private conversations -- which appear to implicate him in attempts to pervert the course of justice -- were politically motivated. He also refuted several other corruption allegations. mbx/cc

Furious Sarkozy lashes out at corruption allegations

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy broke his silence Thursday over corruption allegations threatening his chances of a political comeback, comparing his country to a dictatorship as he angrily fought back against a phone-tap scandal. The 59-year-old has found himself at the heart of an increasingly tangled web of scandals, culminating with allegations in the press this month that he attempted to pervert the course of justice -- information reportedly gleaned from excerpts of tapped phone conversations with his lawyer.

Sarkozy denounces "Stasi" phone-tapping

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has attacked the phone-tapping conducted by magistrates investigating him, breaking his silence on the subject to liken the actions to those of the "Stasi" police of former Communist East Germany.

Sarkozy lashes out at corruption allegations with fury

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy broke his silence Thursday over corruption allegations threatening his chances of a political comeback, angrily fighting back against a phone-tap scandal and comparing his country to a dictatorship. The 59-year-old has found himself at the heart of an increasingly tangled web of scandals, culminating with revelations in the press this month that he allegedly attempted to pervert the course of justice -- information reportedly gleaned from excerpts of tapped phone conversations with his lawyer.

Sarkozy in fight for political life

Nicolas Sarkozy was fighting for his political life Thursday as the former president's lawyer mounted a fightback in the phone-tap scandal gripping France. Sarkozy's hopes of winning the 2017 presidential election are widely seen as having been seriously compromised, if not wrecked, by the publication of details of secret conversations between him and his lawyer, Thierry Herzog.

Lawyer grabs at lifeline as Sarkozy fights for survival

Nicolas Sarkozy was fighting for his political survival Thursday as his lawyer grasped for a lifeline by accusing France's Socialist government of orchestrating a plot to destroy the former president. Sarkozy's hopes of a comeback in the 2017 presidential election were widely seen as having been seriously, if not fatally, compromised by the publication of tapped phone conversations between him and his lawyer.

France's Sarkozy hit by 'bastard' judges revelations

Nicolas Sarkozy appeared to sink deeper into trouble Wednesday after fresh evidence emerged of an alleged attempt to influence judges involved in one of a string of corruption cases the former French president is embroiled in. Investigative news website Mediapart published what it said were extracts from tapped phone conversations between Sarkozy and his lawyer, who at one point refers to two top judges as "bastards".
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