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Pour la Gloire
by Camera Silens, feat. Gilles Bertin, bass/vocals
Gilles Bertin (1961 to 2019) was a French 'punk' singer, with 'Camera Silens', and bank robber. Gilles Bertin was born in Paris, France, on March 25th 1961. He moved to Bordeaux with his parents as a teenager, and helped found the 'punk' band 'Camera Silens' there in 1981, fulfilling duties as their bassist and main singer. The band enjoyed significant success on the French 'punk rock' scene, but Bertin eventually became a drug addict (and tested HIV positive), after which the group disbanded and he fell into delinquency. As part of this aberration, on April 27th 1988 he took part in an armed robbery on the Toulouse department of the Brink's security and protection company alongside a dozen other robbers, having prepared for the heist for about two years. They stole more than 11 million francs without firing a shot, and to this day much of the proceeds has never been found. All participants in the robbery were arrested within two years except for Bertin, after police launched 'Operation Sangria'. He fled to Spain and then later to Portugal where he ran a record shop dedicated to 'alt rock', all the time using several identities to cover his tracks. In 1995, he fell ill with full AIDS but survived thanks to tritherapy, and in the year 2000 returned to Barcelona in Spain to work in a bar owned by his family. Bertin suddenly and surprisingly returned to France in November 2016 to face justice, with his trial beginning on June 6th 2018. He was found guilty, and could have faced 20 years imprisonment; however, he was sentenced to just five years suspended, after the prosecution highlighted his voluntary surrender and good behaviour since. In February 2019 he published his autiobiography, entitled "Trente ans de Cavale, ma vie de Punk", from the publishing house of Editions Robert Laffont. Gilles Bertin finally succumbed to the effects of AIDS on November 7th 2019, after having spent several weeks in a coma. He was 58, and leaves one grown-up son.
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