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11.21.19

Understanding Thierry Breton: Socialising With the Elite

Posted in Europe, Finance at 11:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Overview

Understanding Thierry Breton

Further parts pending review and research


Breton with elites
Thierry and Valerie at a gala organised by Friends of the Paris Opera (2005)

Summary: “Bernadette Chirac is not the only Presidential widow with whom Valerie has close connections.”

You might be inclined to think that he would have little spare time in his day job as CEO of Atos but, outside of business hours, Thierry and his wife Valerie, seem to have an even more punishing schedule.

There’s a never-ending round of social events to be attended such as charity dinners, operas, gala performances and other glitterati “love-ins” where they can be seen rubbing shoulders with the great and good of the French elite.

Bernard Arnault and Breton
From left to right: Thierry Breton, Bernard Arnault, Hélène Mercier and Valerie Breton.
In the background, Gautier Capuçon, cellist associated with the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

Many of these events are sponsored by the multinational conglomerate LVMH and Thierry and Valerie can often be spotted basking in the glow of France’s Lord of Luxury, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, and his Canadian-born wife, Hélène Mercier.

“During a state visit to India in February 2006 Valerie accompanied France’s First Lady, Bernadette Chirac, on her sight-seeing tours including a boat trip up the Ganges.”Another prominent guest who features at these events on a regular basis is Bernadette Chirac, wife of the late Jacques Chirac. Valerie has been a trusted confidante of Bernadette since Thierry’s time as Finance Minister from 2005 to 2007.

During a state visit to India in February 2006 Valerie accompanied France’s First Lady, Bernadette Chirac, on her sight-seeing tours including a boat trip up the Ganges.

Bernadette Chirac and Breton
Carry on up the Ganges: Valerie Breton and Bernadette Chirac on a boat trip in February 2006

The contact forged between Valerie and Bernadette during Thierry’s term in the Chirac government has lasted down the years and the pair regularly appear together in “high-society” photo-ops.

For example, in November 2010 they both attended the Dior Jewellry Boutique Party at Place Vendôme in Paris where they were photographed in the company of Gautier Capuçon, a cellist associated with the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and his wife.

Bernadette Chirac and the Bretons
Valerie Breton, Gautier Capuçon and wife, Hélène Mercier-Arnault and Bernadette Chirac.

Dior, or Christian Dior SE to give it its full title, is a French luxury goods company controlled and chaired by French businessman Bernard Arnault, who also heads LVMH, the world’s largest luxury products group.

As we shall see in the next part, Bernadette Chirac is not the only Presidential widow with whom Valerie has close connections.

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