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Bild confirmed media reports on Monday that the head of state had left a message on its chief editor Kai Diekmann‘s voice mail in which he threatened the paper with legal action and expressed outrage about its plans to publish the story.

The paper said Wulff had called back days later to apologise for the "tone and content" of the voice message, without giving further details.

Wulff, a conservative ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has faced intense pressure from German media to step down since Bild reported in mid-December that he misled lawmakers in his home state of Lower Saxony over his ties to a wealthy businessman whose wife gave him the 500,000 euro home loan.

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