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Sarkozy accused of using Watergate-style tricks to muzzle the French press

Sarkozy accused of using Watergate-style tricks to muzzle the French press --'Le Monde' launches legal action against President, claiming he used security services to find insider who leaked information to paper 14 Sep 2010 In a scandal having many parallels with the Watergate affair, President Nicolas Sarkozy was accused by France's most prestigious newspaper yesterday of illegally using the counter-intelligence service to muzzle the press. Le Monde said that the President's office had deployed France's equivalent of MI5 like a "cabinet noir", or dirty-tricks operation, to uncover the source of leaks in the L'Oréal family feud and political financing scandal. The newspaper said that it had started a legal action against "persons unknown" at the Elysée Palace for breaking a century-old French law which guarantees the secrecy of journalistic sources.