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Ex-French ambassador arrested with 350,000 cash
France24 ^ | August 31, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 08/31/2013 12:20:52 PM PDT by csvset

Former French ambassador Boris Boillon (pictured) was arrested on July 31 at Paris’s Gare du Nord station, it emerged on Friday, as he attempted to board a train to Brussels with more than 350,000 euros in cash.

Former French ambassador Boris Boillon was arrested on July 31 at Paris’s Gare du Nord station, as he attempted to board a train to Brussels carrying more than 350,000 euros in cash, it emerged on Friday.

It seems like a spectacular fall from grace for a man who enjoyed such an illustrious political career. Fluent in Arabic, he served as his country’s ambassador in both Iraq and Tunisia. Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi referred to him as “my son,” and ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy, for whom he worked as an advisor, affectionately called him “my little Arab”.

Boillon was stopped by customs as part of a routine check, according to the French investigative website Mediapart, which broke the story. When asked if he had any currency on him, the ex-diplomat said nothing about the hundreds of thousands of euros in his bag. A major faux-pas considering that French law requires all people entering or leaving the country to declare any sum of money equal to or exceeding the amount of 10,000 euros.

Boillon’s bag was subsequently searched, and lo and behold, it was stuffed with envelopes of cash.

A simple explanation?

The 43-year-old said that the cash was payment for past consulting work, which he claims nets him around 500,000 euros per year.

“It’s money that I made this year in Iraq from the services I provide to Iraqi companies,” Boillon said, according to an excerpt of his testimony obtained by Mediapart. “Because Iraq lacks a developed banking system, these companies wired me the cash to Paris.”

Although Boillon lives in an affluent suburb of Brussels, his offices are based in Paris.

As to why he was travelling without a passport, Boillon explained that he had simply forgot his ID papers at home.

“I had come to Paris that morning, just for the day because I wasn’t comfortable with the money stashed away in my office, and another part buried next to my cellar. I wanted to take care of the situation as soon as possible,” Boillon explained.

An investigation into the incident has since been opened. It remains to be seen, however, if French customs will believe Boillon’s simple explanation.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: ambassador; belgium; brussels; cash; europeanunion; france; iraq; paris; taxevasion
LeBeau ?
1 posted on 08/31/2013 12:20:52 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset
Errrr...does he have any hobbies we don't know of...?

Makes Liberace seem like John Wayne...? Wow.

2 posted on 08/31/2013 12:31:18 PM PDT by gaijin
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From the article..

ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy, for whom he worked as an advisor, affectionately called him “my little Arab”.

Eeeeewwwww.

3 posted on 08/31/2013 12:35:25 PM PDT by csvset
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guess the poofter doesn't like their 75% tax either...
4 posted on 08/31/2013 12:37:09 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: csvset

Any doubt as to where this “little Arab” procured said cash?


5 posted on 08/31/2013 12:45:21 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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That’s a lot a moolah to be carting around. Just saying. Perhaps it was to pay off a UN inspector? Hmmm..


6 posted on 08/31/2013 12:48:10 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Maybe this little arab really is Gaddafi’s son...


7 posted on 08/31/2013 2:15:13 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks csvset.
Former French ambassador Boris Boillon... was arrested on July 31 at Paris's Gare du Nord station... as he attempted to board a train to Brussels carrying more than 350,000 euros in cash... was stopped by customs as part of a routine check... French law requires all people entering or leaving the country to declare any sum of money equal to or exceeding the amount of 10,000 euros... The 43-year-old said that the cash was payment for past consulting work, which he claims nets him around 500,000 euros per year... "in Iraq from the services I provide to Iraqi companies... Because Iraq lacks a developed banking system, these companies wired me the cash to Paris." ...As to why he was travelling without a passport, Boillon explained that he had simply forgot his ID papers at home... "just for the day because I wasn’t comfortable with the money stashed away in my office, and another part buried next to my cellar..."
Okay, so, none of this makes any sense, apart from his desire to (ahem) shelter some of his (ahem) undocumented income from the onerous taxes. Clearly he wasn't a "routine" check -- this is political profiling by the socialist regime.


8 posted on 08/31/2013 2:24:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: csvset

That’s 700 purple €500 bills. Stacked up, that’s only about 5-6 inches.


9 posted on 08/31/2013 5:17:15 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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