Netanyahu's true ties with French businessman at centre of carbon trading fraud case

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month denied ever asking or taking financial favours from French businessman Arnaud Mimran, who next month stands trial in France for his alleged key role in the country’s biggest fraud case centring on a 1.6 billion-euro carbon trading scam, and who is also placed under investigation in a separate case of kidnapping and sequestration. But a joint investigation by Mediapart and Israeli daily Haaretz reveals Netanyahu’s longstanding links with Mimran were far from disinterested. Fabrice Arfi reports.

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Documents drawn up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in person confirm the close links existing between him and Arnaud Mimran, the principal suspect in the biggest fraud case in French history, a massive carbon trading scam which cost French taxpayers around 1.6 billion euros, according to a joint investigation by Mediapart and Israeli daily Haaretz.