Sarkozy accused of spying

French newspaper Le Monde has accused Nicolas Sarkozy of ordering his country’s secret service to spy on one of its reporters.

Le Monde says the DCRI breached confidentiality laws by investigating the source of leaks following claims of tax evasion and illegal party funding by L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

“The law is absolutely clear: ‘The confidentiality of journalists’ sources is protected in the exercise of their mission to inform the public’,” said Le Monde.

Le Monde cited police and intelligence sources for the paper’s claims against the Elysée, which denies the allegations.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 252 of Media Digest.

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