Bernard Arnault

LVMH boss Arnault ditches private jet to avoid online scrutiny

France — Link

The world's second-most wealthy man, French tycoon Bernard Arnault, founder of the LVMH luxury goods empire, has sold his company’s Bombardier Global 7500, currently the biggest and longest-range business aircraft, because his movements were being broadcast on Twitter accounts aimed at shaming him over its carbon emissions.

Operation Fake Info: firm used by French business elites suspected of infiltrating Wikipedia

France — Investigation

Mediapart has already revealed how a French firm that works for foreign directorships and the bosses of some of the biggest business groups in France, including billionaire Bernard Arnault, has been accused of manipulating information through various blogs, including on our own site. Today that same company, Avisa Partners, is suspected of having modified pages on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on behalf of its powerful clients. Fabrice Arfi and Antton Rouget report.

Senior French civil servant faces probe over luxury goods firm LVMH 'spying' affair

France — Investigation

Pierre Lieutaud, a prefect, works in a senior role at the Ministry of the Interior and has a long background in French intelligence. Mediapart has discovered that this top-level public servant has been formally placed under investigation in the case involving alleged “spying” by the luxury goods group LVMH. Fabrice Arfi reports.

Luxury goods group LVMH to pay 10m euros over spying activities

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French luxury goods group LVMH, whose wayward security service led by former domestic intelligence chief Bernard Squarcini was revealed to have spied on companies and people, including a leftwing documentary maker whose film was sharply critical of LVMH boss Bernard Arnault, has reached a 10 million-euro settlement with Paris prosecutors which effectively ends further legal action against it.

Macron the 'Sun President' and his parallel universe

France — Opinion

Monday June 21st marked the annual celebration of music in France known as the Fête de la Musique. But, says Mediapart co-founder François Bonnet in this op-ed article, the event was not celebrated in quite the same way by everyone. There was champagne and state honours for the rich and powerful at the Élysée on the one hand; and baton charges and tear gas for young people listening to music in the streets on the other. In what proved a bizarre juxtaposition, he argues, the French presidency managed to organise two entirely separate worlds, that only co-existed side by side thanks to social and police violence.

French police reveal system used by luxury goods firm LVMH to spy on journalist

France — Investigation

Two recent reports by French police have revealed in minute detail the spying system set up by the former head of France's domestic intelligence agency, Bernard Squarcini, on behalf of the giant luxury goods firm LVMH, which is owned by billionaire Bernard Arnault. Its target was journalist François Ruffin - who is now a Member of Parliament in France - and his publication Fakir. Fabrice Arfi reports.

Questions over curious intervention of French state as luxury firm LVMH breaks deal with Tiffany

France — Opinion

France's foreign minister has written an extraordinary letter that provides 'cover' for the French luxury goods group LVMH to pull out of an expensive deal to buy famous American jewellery firm Tiffany it no longer wanted to complete. That letter came after LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault reportedly asked foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian for help. The affair is now likely to lead to a long and bitter legal battle, one that could even end up with the French state facing claims for compensation from disgruntled shareholders. Mediapart's Martine Orange argues in this op-ed article that no French government has ever gone out on such a limb to support a private company.

Revealed: the explosive phone taps involving France's ex-spy chief Bernard Squarcini

France — Investigation

Mediapart is publishing a series of recordings of police phone taps involving the former head of France's domestic intelligence agency, Bernard Squarcini. These extraordinary tapes, which date from 2013, reveal the de facto existence of a state within a state, where private and public interests became intertwined. The first series of judicially-approved recordings reveal how after leaving his intelligence post Squarcini, nicknamed 'La Squale' ('The Shark'), was asked by the French luxury goods group LVMH to “infiltrate” an independent magazine in order to spy on it. Neither Squarcini nor LVMH wanted to comment on the content of the tapes. Fabrice Arfi and Pascale Pascariello report.

French tycoon Arnault competes with Bezos for 'world's richest' title

International — Link

Bernard Arnault, CEO of the LVMH group (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy), last Friday briefly, and for the second time in recent months, knocked Jeff Bezos of Amazon off his perch as the world's richest person, part of an ascension that has also seen him try to obtain Belgian nationality to escape taxes at home.

France's richest man pilloried in low-budget, smash-hit documentary

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Runaway success Merci, Patron!  is about unemployed couple from northern France who lose their jobs when the company opens new factories in Poland.

France's richest man in talks to buy Paris newspaper

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Bernard Arnault, boss of LVMH which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Givenchy, hopes to acquire Le Parisien for €50m.

Hollande opens Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton Foundation cultural centre

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The French president inaugurated the ship-shaped structure of glass housing a big new contemporary art collection in Paris' Bois de Boulogne.

Number of French billionaires rises to 67 despite economic crisis

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Survey by business magazine Challenges also shows that the richest 500 people in France are worth a massive 390 billion euros between them.

French historians battle to save face of La Samaritaine

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Critics say that new glass facade planned as part of the redevelopment of this art deco and nouveau Paris landmark will look like a shower curtain.

LVMH chief in criminal probe over Belgium activities

France — Link

Probe relating to France's richest man Bernard Arnault concerns a capital increase of 2.9 billion euros in LVMH's Belgian holding company.