Tents, Trumpets and Tantrums: Gaddafi's Visit to Paris

In 2003, the year Libya said it would dismantle its nuclear arms program, paving the way for the return of Gaddafi on the international scene, Libya agreed to compensate the families of the victims of the UTA bombing.

Muammar Gaddafi is in France through Saturday. He is scheduled again to meet with Sarkozy Wednesday. He will also visit the Chateau de Versailles and its royal stables. It is believed he will go on a hunting escapade while there. He is also due to visit the tomb of Gen. De Gaulle (Gaddafi is said to be an admirer) in Colombey les Deux Eglises.

In his luggage, apart from his checkbook, Gaddafi brought a Bedouin-style heated tent, which has been set up in the elegant garden of the official guest residence and one-time mansion of Baron Gustave de Rothschild, the Hotel Marigny.

Gaddafi did not sleep in it. But it was closely guarded by his all-women guarde rapprochee, wearing combat style clothes.

"He is a bit of a megalomaniac. He's got a strong personality and he does not let anybody stand on his toes. I think he is now more open and it's a good thing," Oswald Pea, who lives just outside Paris, told ABC News. "I hope the contracts signed will bring positive things to Libya and Africa."

  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...