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

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No such thing as a free lunch: Arnaud Mimran and Benjamin Netanyahu in Monaco in August 2003. © Mediapart No such thing as a free lunch: Arnaud Mimran and Benjamin Netanyahu in Monaco in August 2003. © Mediapart

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.