From The Arabist DID QADHAFI FINANCE SARKOZY'S ELECTION CAMPAIGN? by issandr el amrani I find it unlikely that the savior of Benghazi would have gone to war with Qaddafi to cover up a little bit of party baksheesh, after all the affect was likely to be the reverse. It's far more likely he'd failed to scale the North face of La Bruni and simply was in a bad mood. The man himself has said "If [Qaddafi] did finance my campaign, I wasn't very grateful." which shows considerable chutzpah if the allegations have any basis, I mean he'd be revealed as a totally untrustworthy shit. No bar to election in France of course, indeed it could be a vote winner.