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Former French president Sarkozy, wife sue over leaked conversations

Former French president Sarkozy, wife sue over leaked conversations
Then French President Nicolas Sarkozy is accompanied by his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, as he voted in the second and last round of presidential election in Paris, France on May 6, 2012. UPI/Witt-Villard/Pool | License Photo

PARIS, March 6 (UPI) -- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife announced Thursday they will sue over the leak of taped conversations made by a former political adviser.

Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will take action, claiming breach of privacy, against Partick Buisson, Radio France Internationale reported Thursday. The charges carry penalties of a year imprisonment and a 45,000 euro ($62,365) fine.

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Buisson, who became a Sarkozy adviser in 2005, claims to no longer have possession of the tapes, which were made in order to write a book about his time with Sarkozy.

Buisson's son, Georges, has denied speculation he is the source of the leaks, Radio France Internationale said.

Sarkozy and Bruni-Sarkozy's lawyers said the couple "cannot accept that private conversations have been recorded and published without their consent."

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