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Threatened with death, documentary filmmaker Martin Boudot placed under police surveillance


On January 23, the journalist from France 5 devoted an investigative magazine to Cyril Astruc, a carbon tax swindler sentenced to nine years in prison and evaporated in the wild.

"It's the game but if I have to die somewhere, I will die in an Israeli prison, the national financial prosecutor's office will never see me in France"

, launched Cyril Astruc in this interview filmed with a hidden camera, which aroused his anger.

It is taken from the documentary

The Prince of Carbon

, the first issue of the "Planet Killers" series, broadcast last January on France 5. Director Martin Boudot investigated the Franco-Israeli who, in 2008 and 2009, embezzled hundreds of millions of euros of public funds through through a carbon tax scam.

After being placed in pre-trial detention in France for fifteen months in 2014, Cyril Astruc took advantage of his release under judicial supervision to disappear.

A scam that still earns the fugitive four arrest warrants in France, one in Belgium and a red notice from Interpol.

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For the “Planet Killers” documentary, Martin Boudot and his teams had found his trace in Tel Aviv.

The former reporter for "Cash Investigation" and "Special Envoy", after tracing the scam as a whole, managed to briefly meet the principal concerned.

An interview filmed with a hidden camera during which the man is a bit provocative, and says he does not fear extradition.

“Cyril Astruc directly threatened Martin with death by telephone


Luc Hermann, co-director of Première Lignes, a production company.

“Axel Kahn directly threatened Martin with death by telephone

,” explained Luc Hermann, co-director of Première Lignes, a production company in which the reporter also officiates.

Frontal attacks by the scammer who, according to Virginie Marquet, lawyer for the France group,

"are repeated and sufficiently disturbing to be taken very seriously"


“Given the profile of Cyril Astruc, an unpredictable man who manages to evade the judicial system, we remain on alert

,” assured the lawyer.

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For its part, the France Télévisions group reacted in the person of Xavier Grimault, director of documentaries for the Science and Discovery division, which includes the programs “Planet killers” and “Vert de rage”.

“We are shocked and are monitoring the situation carefully, in full support of Martin

,” he commented.


indicated that the journalist was placed under police surveillance and filed a handrail.


Astruc, who took a lot of light in the 2010s and realized that it excited the police and judicial authorities, took the side of silence.

Even if he is relatively full of himself and exposes his success, he would like us to forget him a little ,

confided Martin Boudot when the documentary was released last January.

A large platform would also be preparing a series of fiction inspired by the life of this visibly irascible crook.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-03-27

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