Belgian, Albert Frer e is one of these capitalist tycoons that only the 20th century could have created. Must shareholder in several companies in the CAC40 including Total, M6, Suez, but whose leader is LVMH Bernard Arnault. Albert Frère and Nicolas Sarkozy have known since the 80s, at the time when the latter was mayor of Neuilly . "The Trends Trends magazine comes to detail the intimate bonds between Brother to Sarkozy. They date back two decades, when the French president was only the mayor of Neuilly. This had lunch several times in Gerpinnes, next to Charleroi, where Brother home and the headquarters of his holding company CNP. No wonder when you know the mania of one to surround himself with great bosses, like that of other caring relationships with politicians. "Nicolas Sarkozy regularly gathers reviews Albert Frère", already recounted Le Monde in 2001, "says the website .
With Nicolas Sarkozy, Baron Brother does not win a Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour that President hands him privately in 2008. Just as he will do for Paul Desmarais Senior that year. The large cross is the highest distinction of the French Republic, awarded automatically to the Presidents of the Republic and who have honored 150 people since its creation in 1805. This is not the first time that a foreigner receives before him Haile Selassie, Lech Walesa, Vladimir Putin or Vaclav Havel received it.
It also gains the merger between GDF and Suez where he became Vice President. Even on the occasion of the opening of the public energy company capital, the finance minister at the time, Nicolas Sarkozy, swore to high heaven that the company would not be privatized. In France and Belgium, two complaints were filed by Jean-Marie Kuhn, a minority shareholder of various companies Albert Frère. "On December 24, 2007, Jean-Marie Kuhn filed suit in France against X and Albert Frère against" illegal taking of interest "," fraud "and" breach of trust ". The complaint was closed without further action on 15 January 2008. A rare speed, "wrote the news website Eco89 about these complaints concerned the repurchase of Albert Frère interests via its holding companies or companies of which he is the Quick reference shareholder in Eiffage and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, the financial arm of the State and that takes its major decisions directly to the Elysee .