When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she received an email on April 2, 2011 from Sidney Blumenthal, Hillary’s unofficial intelligence operative, which focused on France’s motivations for joining the war against Gaddafi in Libya. In the email, she writes how Gaddafi had “nearly bottomless financial resources” to continue his campaign against the rebels, and although the freezing of Libya’s bank accounts presented challenges for him, he had managed to circumvent this by having up to 143 tons of gold and similar amount in silver, amounting to $7 billion, that was kept outside the Libyan Central Bank. It then states that he acquired the gold prior to the rebellion “to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar.” His plan was to offer a competing currency in the African region to rival the French Franc, which was the currency predominately used in the area. Blumenthal then writes, “French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after the current rebellion began, and this was one of the factors that influenced President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on Libya.” So there you have it. What was once dismissed as just another “conspiracy theory” for the reason to take out Gaddafi is supported by an intelligence brief emailed to the United States’ Secretary of State.
Also important to note, mentioned in the email are the other reasons given for France’s involvement in the Libyan war (and no, liberating the Libyan people is not one of them):
Here is Sarkozy’s speech at the UN’s “Meeting On Libya” on September 20th, 2011: