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Who is the mysterious Mr. Wang, a businessman who wants to produce masks in France ?

The contractor chinese wishes to produce 500 000 and 800 000 masks FFP1 and FFP2 every day for the déconfinement on may 11. Some present it as the "king" of

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Who is the mysterious Mr. Wang, a businessman who wants to produce masks in France ?

The contractor chinese wishes to produce 500 000 and 800 000 masks FFP1 and FFP2 every day for the déconfinement on may 11.

Some present it as the "king" of the Trail chinese in Aubervilliers, others refer to a man of "hits". Arrived to 13 years, in France, the contractor chinese Hsueh Sheng Wang's ambition is to open the "first" plant for the production of masks, Ile-de-France.

Camped in the middle of an immense warehouse of Blanc-Mesnil (Seine-Saint-Denis), this energetic present his project : "Here, this will be the room has been sanitized where the masks will be made". Goal : to produce 500 000, and 800 000 masks FFP1 and FFP2 every day. The six machines, and the engineers expected from China did not arrive yet, but the business man has confidence, everything will be ready for the week of déconfinement on 11 may : "China has built a hospital in just seven days, we're going to have a factory in two weeks !"

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The factory in which it invests "4 million" will remain open "as long as there are needs." For the rest, the entrepreneur of 55 years in the brain that turns very, very quickly" to other projects. On the land plot, acquired in 2018 by Eurasia group, his publicly traded company, it plans to create a comprehensive program of retail and housing.

Arrived in France 13 years

so far Eurasia group (43.4 million euros turnover in 2018) leased the warehouse to Chanel. It is thus that the businessman grew rich : renting or sub-renting of the warehouses at the cut. In particular, wholesalers of the "trail" Chinese in Aubervilliers, the first european platform of import-export with China.

Prior to real estate, Hsueh Sheng Wang has a time been one of them. Arrived in France in 1978 at the age of 13 years, the "King of Aubervilliers" as some call it, has very quickly started to work. In the power supply first and then in the textile industry, to Lille, where it was moved to the Wang family, a native of the province shopping of Wenzhou, the cradle of chinese immigration in France.

It becomes then, in the mid-1990s, the provider and Kiabi, Auchan, Pimkie or the Foir'Search. It is in the 2000s that the family will take a turn in the real estate and invests in commercial premises in the Île-de-France, Aubervilliers, tells the story of The World in 2013 in a portrait of the business man. Today, the company Hsueh Sheng Wang, Eurasia, manages 375 000 square meters of warehouses and shops, mainly in Seine-Saint-Denis, and has several projects of hotels", according to Challenges.

Among the immigrants of his generation, "it is at hand," notes Tamara Him, the president of the association of Chinese in France. "He has all the characteristics of a Chinese, but this is not a Chinese like the others", explained it in The World. Speaking good French, comfortable with the media, jokingly, the father of two children who have just grand-father, has "won a reputation, a social recognition," adds Tamara Him.

preliminary Investigation for money laundering and tax evasion

It is also "connected" with the world local and regional politicians, said Harold Parisot, of the Chinese Business Club. To its factory, Hsueh Sheng Wang has sought the support of the region of Île-de-France, which has put in place a bottom Covid-19 to fund up to € 800 000 health-related projects. Folder "under investigation", says the community. The national daily also reported in 2013 that the businessman was close to the mayor PS of Aubervilliers at the time, Jacques Salvator, who was even invited to her wedding.

In the diaspora, some see it as a "model", others are more sceptical, " adds Tamara Him. A young member of the community, who prefers to remain anonymous, recalls "a man of coups", "one Bernard Tapie Chinese". "You know it is someone from the top flight, but there are questions about the reality of his heritage".

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Many have its disappointments in the port of le Havre, where his project to build a major centre of import-export with his home country in 2011 has derailed. Above all, the man is referred to since 2014 by a preliminary investigation of the parquet national financier (PNF) for money laundering and tax fraud after a complaint from the tax authorities.

at the time, he was known for playing "hundreds of thousands of euros per year" at the Casino in Enghien, where he lives, fuelling the suspicion of "laundering of money", explains a source close to the folder. The investigation continues," according to a justice source, should be completed shortly.

"Rumors" and "jealousy"

Some also question his links with a mysterious chinese interests. "We can't acquire such a position in the community, without relationship with the powers in China", slides a good connoisseur of his career.

An episode of " 2017 "tends to show that it is not completely standalone," he adds. Party for a "congress of 3 days" in China, Hsueh Sheng Wang stayed there nearly two months, without being able to leave the territory. The authorities wanted to collect "my testimony on a public servant," says the investor. "It's very common. Since I've been back several times in China without a problem."

The ascent of this man's "party of nothing" leads to "rumors" and "jealousy", sweep his friends. In fact, it represents a "success envy" for the chinese diaspora, especially for immigrants who come from his hometown, Wenzhou, "these traders often the head of chinese restaurants reconverted to the sushi, stores, wholesalers and bars-PMU", tells the story of The World.

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From his side, Thierry Meignen, mayor of the city (Free !) of Blanc-Mesnil has ruled : "What I see is that he opens a factory, he is fast and that it is in the general interest".

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