- Category : 1954-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (9,42,50)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Separation 1
French Impostor and confidence trickster whose story inspired a 2009 movie In the Beginning by Xavier Giannoli, where Berre was interpreted by French actor François Cluzet.
For a month in 1997, Philippe Berre impersonated a Civil engineer responsible for the construction of a segment of A28 autoroute. He recruited personnel, rented material and mounted a construction site near Saint-Marceau, Sarthe, his team then started construction but he was eventually arrested after suspicions raised by one of the material suppliers. He was sentenced to five years of prison in 1998 for that.
In 2010, he impersonated an official of the French ministry of Agriculture sent to Charron, Charente-Maritime in order to assist with relief efforts after the Xynthia windstorm. For four days, he signed contracts with various companies in the name of the ministry while keeping the fees for himself, he also rented material and had the mayor pay for it.
On 7 march 2010, he was arrested and, in April, sentenced to four years of prison, for fifty criminal cases.
On 28 June 2012, he was sentenced to another three years of prison.