Belgian Albert Frer e is one of those capitalist tycoons only the 20 th century was created. Must shareholder of several companies including Total CAC40, M6, Suez, but whose leader is LVMH Bernard Arnault. Brother Albert 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 the only 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 one knows the mania of a surround themselves with big bosses, like that of other caring relationships with politicians. "Nicolas Sarkozy regularly collects the opinion of Brother Albert" 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 the president gave him privately in 2008. Just as it will for Paul Desmarais Senior that year. The Grand Cross is the highest award of the French republic, automatically attributed to presidents and honored with 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 which 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 various companies Albert Frère. "On 24 December 2007, Jean-Marie Kuhn file complaint against France and against Albert Brother X" illegal taking of interest "," fraud "and" breach of trust ". The complaint no further action on 15 January 2008. A rare speed, "wrote the news site Eco89 about these complaints related to the redemption of equity Albert Frère via its holding companies or companies of which he is the Quick shareholder in Eiffage and Caisse des Depots et Consignations, the financial arm of the State and takes major decisions directly to the Elysee .