Benoît de Bonvoisin
He is the grandson of Alexandre Galopin (1879–1944), former director and governor of the Société Générale de Belgique (the main financial group of the country), and son of baron Pierre de Bonvoison (b. 1903), also a director of the Société Générale and of the insurance group AG, among others.
Although convicted to one-year imprisonment in 1986 for his connection to the bankruptcy of the Boomse Metaalwerken, de Bonvoisin was cleared of this crime in May 2000. In 1996, de Bonvoisin would be tried for fraud, involving his Cidep and PDG companies. In the case of Cidep he was cleared, the case PDG was annulled.
De Bonvoisin is connected to various far right Belgian movements.
Benoit de Bonvoisin alway rejected connections with far right organisations. These originated from a report made in 1981 by the Sûreté de l'Etat - the Secret Services. Finally, Benoit de Bonvoisin was proved right. The Belgian Court of Appeal of Mons, in a judgement dated July 16, 2020, indicated that the above mentioned report was inexact (fautive) and that his divulgation to the media was the responsibility of the State.
According to Serge Dumont, he was from 1974 on the national treasurer of the "CEPIC", at the time a far right organization within the Parti Social Chrétien. He used his connections with the business world to finance this organization. In 1975 he was involved in plans for the foundation of the far right political movement "Forces Nouvelles" (New Powers) through the reading circles of Nouvelle Europe Magazine.
Walter De Bock mentions him as an important factor in a case of illegal campaign funding for Paul Vanden Boeynants, former Belgian Prime Minister and then Minister of Defence by contractors working for the ministry of defence. According to a note from the Belgian State Security, published by De Bock, de Bonvoisin financially supported the Front de la Jeunesse, a private militia disbanded in 1983.
Hugo Gijsels alleges that de Bonvoisin, through his company PDG, was the main financer of Inforep, the publication of the "Public Information Office" (PIO) of the Belgian Ministry of Defence. In 1978, PIO was disbanded by the General Staff of the army for its connections with the far right. The organization was later connected, by the Belgian Parliamentary Special Inquiry Committee, to the Belgian part of the Operation Gladio.
De Bonvoisin is pejoratively nicknamed the "Black Baron," for alleged connections to the Nijvel Gang, CCC and Gladio, and the financing of "fascist and militant groups." The term was first coined by Albert Raes, former head of the Belgian State Security Service.
- VDB Un Citoyen Au-Dessus De Tout Soupçon - Page 138 Jan Willems "Le baron Benoît de Bonvoisin est né en 1939 et est célibataire. Vers 1970, il entra au Cercle des Nations. Le bruit court qu'il aurait aidé financièrement Emile Lecerf lorsque celui-ci reprit le 'Nouvel Europe Magazine'"
- De Bock, W.; et al. (1981). Extreem-rechts en de staat (The extreme right and the state). Berchem: EPO. p. 135. ISBN 90-6445-971-1.
- "Vrijspraak voor Baron de Bonvoisin". De Tijd. 13 May 2000.
- Belgian Court of Appeal, Mons (16 July 2020). "Judgement". pp. 16 & 17.
- De Bock, W.; et al. (1981). Extreem-rechts en de staat (The extreme right and the state). Berchem: EPO. pp. 125–139. ISBN 90-6445-971-1.
- De Bock, W.; et al. (1981). Extreem-rechts en de staat (The extreme right and the state). Berchem: EPO. pp. 213–223. ISBN 90-6445-971-1.
- Gijsels, Hugo (1991). Netwerk Gladio. Leuven: Kritak. p. 124. ISBN 90-6303-386-9.
- Mario Spandre (2004). L'état coupable. Bruxelles: Editions Jourdan Le Clercq.