Belgian Albert Frer e is one of those capitalist tycoons only the 20th century have created. Must shareholder of several companies including Total CAC40, M6, Suez, but whose leader is LVMH Bernard Arnault. Albert Frère and Nicolas Sarkozy have known since the 80s, at the time the second was mayor of Neuilly . "The Trends Trends magazine comes to detail the intimate links between Brother to Sarkozy. They go back twenty years, when the French president was only the mayor of Neuilly. It had lunch several times Gerpinnes next to Charleroi, where Brother home and the headquarters of his holding NOC. Not surprising when you know the mania of a surround themselves with big bosses, like that of other caring relationships with politicians. "Nicolas Sarkozy regularly gathers reviews of Brother Albert" already recounted Le Monde in 2001, "says the website .
Nicolas Sarkozy with Baron Brother does not win a Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor the President gave him privately in 2008. Just as it will for Paul Desmarais Senior that year. The Grand Cross is the highest distinction of the French republic, automatically attributed to presidents and having honored 150 people since its inception in 1805. This is not the first time that a foreigner receives before him Haile Selassie, Lech Walesa, Vladimir Putin or Vaclav Havel have received.
He also wins the merger between GDF and Suez where he became vice president. Even on the occasion of the opening of the capital of public energy company, the finance minister of the time, Nicolas Sarkozy, swore and vowed that the company would never privatized. In France and Belgium, two complaints were filed by Jean-Marie Kuhn, a minority shareholder of several companies of Albert Frère. "On 24 December 2007, Jean-Marie Kuhn files complaint against France and against Albert Frère X" illegal taking of interest "," fraud "and" abuse of trust. " The complaint is therefore dismissed on 15 January 2008. A rare speed, "wrote news site Eco89 about these complaints concerned the acquisition of participations Albert Frère through its holding companies or companies of which he is the majority shareholder in Quick and Eiffage by the Caisse des Dépôts and Consignations, the financial arm of the State and that takes its major decisions directly to the Elysee .