Alex at Paris Calling has decoded a somewhat convoluted but perhaps crucial story that broke today with regard to UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy. The satirical French newspaper Canard Enchaine is running a story which claims that in 1997, Sarkozy was sold an apartment in Neuilly for 300,000 euros (nearly $400,000) below the market rate. The catch: the same company that sold him the apartment had been granted city contracts, which was then being governed by Sarkozy.
Sarkozy was able to successfully shake off earlier claims by the same paper about investigations into Royal campaign members, but with fewer weeks left to go in the election, there is less time to recover from any new political damage. Apparently Canard Enchaine promises more dirt on Segolene Royal as well.
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