In a follow up to the dramatic effort by President Sarkozy and his wife to assist in the release of several Bulgarian nurses charged with made up crimes, the French president shocked the world by proposing that Libya be provided assistance in peaceful development of nuclear energy. Libya in 2003 agreed to voluntarily abandon any nuclear development program.
It appears Sarkozy is attempting to gain for France a prominent role in Libya which has large oil resources. In the 1980s, France gave nuclear assistance to Saddam Hussein whom they regarded as a moderate in contrast to religious fundamentalists. Now, Sarkozy is playing with fire by making such a proposal to a nation which lacks stability, any form of democracy, and is capable of transfering knowledge to potential terrorist groups.