The glitzy, murky world of man accused of vast French carbon trading fraud


He has been on good terms with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, played poker regularly with well-known French singer and actor Patrick Bruel and is close friends with a champion French boxer. But French businessman Arnaud Mimran is now accused of being one of the organisers of the 'hold-up of the century' - a carbon trading scam that in total cost French taxpayers 1.6 billion euros. He is also suspected of having organised the kidnapping of a wealthy Swiss financier, while his name has been cited in connection with several unsolved murders. Fabrice Arfi reports.

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As far as the French justice system is concerned, Arnaud Mimran is one of the “organisers” of what has been dubbed the hold-up of the century: the massive carbon trading fraud that cost French taxpayers around 1.6 billion euros in 2008 and 2009. The French businessman is suspected, too, of being behind the kidnapping of a Swiss financier in 2015 in a bid to extort 2.2 million dollars. The 44-year-old poker player's name has also been cited in connection with several unsolved murders, including that of his former father-in-law.