Gilles Bertin, 58, is deceased. During his youth, he sang in the Bordeaux punk group Camera Silens. Then in 1988, he participated in a robbery. On the run for nearly 30 years, he finally surrendered and was tried in 2018. We met him last April on the occasion of the release of his book.
His life was a novel, however far from rosy. Gilles Bertin, former leader of the Bordeaux punk group Camera Silens, died on Thursday in Spain. "He died this morning, after being hospitalized for several days in Barcelona", confirmed to AFP Christian Etelin, his lawyer.
In 1988, Gilles Bertin participated in the robbery of the depot at Brink's in Toulouse. With a dozen musical friends, the singer and bass player of Camera Silens had stolen 11.7 million francs (the equivalent at the time of 2.9 million euros) to Brink's.
Then he had lived on the run in Spain and Portugal for almost thirty years. During this period, he met his companion Cecilia. And he had finally decided to go to court in 2016. He had been sentenced to five years in prison suspended in 2018.
"The weight had become unbearable"
Last April, HIV-positive Gilles Bertin came to tell his story in Saint-Brieuc. Our colleague Véronique Constance had interviewed him (read this interview). In particular, she asked him why he had surrendered to the French authorities in 2016 rather than waiting for the facts to be prescribed in 2024. "My second son was born in 2011 (…) My partner and I decided that we had to end this life, that I go to the police. The weight had become unbearable. Twenty-eight years on the run, it's not twenty-eight years in prison, but it's also not twenty-eight years of vacation ".
A tribute Sunday in Barcelona
In this interview, he also mentioned the possibility of a new album with Camera Silens. But the illness will not have given him time … A tribute should be paid Sunday in Barcelona.
On this video of FR3, we see him singing in 1985 with his group Camera Silens (reference to the isolation cells used for the incarceration of the members of the Fraction Red Army, German terrorist group of extreme left):
Ex-rocker and robber Gilles Bertin passed awayOuest-France.fr