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March 20, 2014 AT 3:51 PM
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. In a letter to be published in Le Figaro newspaper on Friday, Sarkozy — who is widely expected to stand for election again in 2017 — said the phone-tapping had broken "fundamental principles," the judiciary had been "instrumentalized" and "the sacred principles of our Republic have been trampled underfoot." The investigation into Sarkozy was originally about allegations, denied by the ex-president, that late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi funded his 2007 election campaign.