Sarah Bronfman-Igtet & Hubby Basit Igtet Lose Round 1 of French Court Battle Over Abandoned Hotel

Mk10Art's portrayal of Basit Igtet and Sara Bronfman-Igtet and their Vanguard

Sarah Bronfman-Igtet and her hubby, Basit, are showing just how much they learned from Keith Raniere’s Executive Success Programs’ training courses.

Not content with being obscenely rich despite never doing anything to earn the money other than inheriting it, the dynamic duo decided several years ago that they would take their talents to the town of Apt in France – and see if they could make some money there.

Although he claims to be “a Zurich-based international entrepreneur with a strong track record in iconic hotel and property acquisition,” Basit is actually best known for persuading Sara into marrying him before he revealed to her that he was basically a pauper.

Basit Igtet, the would-be dictator of Libya

And although she claims to be “a philanthropist and education entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in the field of human potential,” Sara is possibly best known for seducing the Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden as part of Raniere’s scheme to get the Dalai Lama to come to Albany, NY to prop up his his reputation as a spiritual leader, when he was actually running a criminal enterprise.

Sara with her toy Monk

Definitely not a match made in heaven.


The French Connection: Part 1

Soon after moving to France, Sara and Basit set up several companies to serve as fronts for their various schemes.

One of those companies was Athol Education Group (AEG).

In December 2018, AEG launched what it called “The Campus Beyond The School”  – which it claimed “…will guide children as young as 2 years old to master their mind, body, expression and world as they are simultaneously taught German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese and Russian”.

Poster for “The Campus Beyond the School”

If that sounds a lot like Raniere’s ill-fated Rainbow Cultural Program, it’s because the two are mirror-images of one another.

Keith Raniere, the founder of Rainbow Cultural Garden

At the time the Igtets launched their educational program, the Mayor of the town of Apt, Dominique Santoni, appeared in several publicity photos with them.

Later, the town’s Office of Tourism helped to promote the program’s Holiday Camp – and its Summer Camp.

As previously reported in Frank Report, Mayor Santoni was forced to suspend her reelection campaign earlier this year when news broke about the Igtets’ ties to Raniere’s criminal enterprise.

Since then, the French government ordered the closure of the unlicensed “Campus Beyond The School”.


The French Connection: Part 2

Athol Hospitality (AH) was another company that Sarah and Basit set up after moving to France.

As previously reported in Frank Report, Athol Hospitality took over the management of a luxury resort located in Apt.

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Aerial view of the luxury hotel


Olympic-sized pool at the hotel

Now, comes word that Sara and Basit are being sued for failing to make rental payments on the hotel they were leasing – and possibly for taking some of the artwork, equipment and furniture that were not owned by them when they hurriedly fled from France to Portugal apparently out of fear that Sara might be indicted and extradited back to the U.S. as part of the Eastern District of New York’s takedown of the NXIVM criminal enterprise.

Per a decision that was rendered on January 9, 2020 – which only covered a small portion of the hotel owner’s claims – Sara and Basit were ordered to pay the sum of € 50,242.79 to the hotel owner for the rent that was due for the month of February 2020 plus some additional statutory penalties (1 Euro is currently worth about $1.20).

In addition, the presiding judge in the case, Pierre Channoy, also declared the lease to have been effectively terminated by the Igtets as of January 1, 2020 – and ordered them to return the property to the owner within 15 days (They will be charged € 5,000.00 per for every day that goes by after that deadline).

Anti American Muslim Basit Igtet with his wealthy Jewish wife and sex-cult member Sara Bronfman. They are currently in hiding in Portugal. 

It is not known at this time whether the Igtets have returned control of the property to the owner.

The rest of the hotel owner’s claims – which apparently will be decided by another court – are much more substantive. In addition to wanting the property – and all the artwork, equipment and furniture returned to its control – the owner is seeking a judgment for € 1,016,400, which is the amount of the monthly rental payments that were still due on the lease, plus some other statutory penalties.

At the time they took control of Domaine des Andéols, Sara and Basit claimed that the hotel was Athol Hospitality’s “first outstanding address in France”.

What they failed to mention is that they were merely renting the hotel – and that company had no other properties anywhere.

Instead, they said that the company “aims to develop a hand-picked portfolio of properties providing unique guest experiences, nurtured by a delicate balance between the company’s three pillars: art, nature and wellness”.

It’s very obvious that neither the Igtets nor their company has “truth” or “honesty” pillars.

According to the still-active website for the company, Athol Hospitality was created by Basit in December 2016 – and was managed by Stefan Fraenkel.

Thus far, our efforts to reach the dapper-looking Mr. Fraenkel have been unsuccessful but we are currently following him – along with 16 others – on his Twitter account.


Will Sara Return to the U.S. for Clare’s Sentencing?

At one point, Clare Bronfman’s attorneys asked that her sentencing be postponed for a few months so that her mother and sister would have time to make arrangements to attend the proceedings.

The Bronfman sisters in happier times

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, who will preside over the sentencing hearing on September 30th, promptly turned down the request.

Now, the question remains: Will Sara take the chance of being arrested to come to New York City to show her support for her sis?

Not if she has an IQ above room temperature.


Finally, Frank Report broke the news that Basit Igtet has split with his long time counselor and adviser Faisal Feituri over what sources say are Basit’s deep and ongoing ties to anti-American Muslim factions.

Faisal Feituri, Top Aid to Sara Bronfman’s Husband Basit Igtet, Breaks From Former Boss; Denounces Igtet’s Anti-American Stances

This is an ongoing story – and Basit Igtet and Sara Bronfman-Igtet both bear much more scrutiny.











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  • Sadly both Sara and Clare do not appear to be very intelligent. Not sure where or how Edgar failed these two or if they were just born stupid. Good thing U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis can see through their buffalo-chips.

  • What a shitty week made brighter by reading these comments. How did I miss the ‘Athol’? Seriously, this is just too funny. The Athol Education Group on how to educate an athol. Sounds like it should be the title of Nikki and Chak’s podcast.

  • Why Athol? The only “Athol” I know of is a town in Massatwoshitz, aside from the word itself meaning “new Ireland.” So I guess that the name was chosen out of Bronfman/Igtet’s half-baked empiricism.

    When I was a kid, townspeople of Athol humorously referred to themselves as “the real athols.”

  • How long until Sara and Clare Bronfman blow through the rest of their inheritance?

    I am guessing within a decade of this article.

    Thanks for the update!

  • So, the real owner of the property is suing Sara Bronfman-Igtet for 1 Million Euros because Sara and Basit decided to stiff the owner and go on a stealing spree with the movers – taking furniture, artwork, and other items. How ironic.

    In France, if you steal money and items like that – you will be arrested. The French are very touchy about foreigners showing up to ‘claim property’ (basically steal) and then hit the road.

    I wonder if there is another arrest warrant out for Sara Bronfman and Basit? From France for larceny or theft?

    France’s criminal laws originate from the Napoleonic Code, so Sara would be looking at 5 years in prison and a fine.

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if Sara winds up in jail in a foreign country, for something unrelated to NXIVM?

    Viva Executive Success!!!

  • I am a part-time resident of France and have a house in the region for over 15 years. It’s apparent the Bronfman-Itget’s don’t understand the economics of Provence. Provence looks beautiful from the outside; all looks well from the appearance of rolling hillsides, cypress and olive trees, lots of sun, pleasantly colored homes and the appearance of economic activity.

    The reality is different; certainly, the economic activity is not what it seems. The economic landscape is very competitive and there is a surplus of ‘luxury’ resorts without a surplus of luxury tourists or travelers. The typical tourist is British and of retirement age with limited funds heightened with the decline of the GBP. There are lots of guesthouses and small hotels and good small restaurants to cater to the needs of everyone. Furthermore, the tourist season is limited. It is not Las Vegas that is good, 24/7/365; it has really just July and August and weekends in May, June, September and October. Furthermore, the real luxury is not centered in Provence; rather along small, elite communities on the Cote d’Azur and Parisians prefer Normandy as it is only 2 hours from Paris and not filled with foreign (Russian) tourists.

    Provence looks beautiful and quaint to outsiders, which is what Bronfman and Igtet are, and it is beautiful; but, it is difficult for an insider to manage financially, let alone outsiders.

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Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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