Tripoli: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Friday accused French President Nicolas Sarkozy of being a "war criminal" who had stained his country's history.
     
 "This Sarkozy is a war criminal who has stained the history of the French nation and destroyed his country's ties with Libya and Muslim countries," Gaddafi said in a message to supporters in an eastern district of Tripoli.
      
"He's mentally disturbed," he charged in the message relayed over loudspeaker.
     
 "By leading a crusade against the Libyan people, he has led his country into a lost war," said Gaddafi. "He is not a Frenchman. The (French) people should ban this criminal."

(Agencies)