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It is reported that 'Hermit of the Alps' Marcel Amphoux's marriage to Sandrine Devillard, 25 years his junior, was not all as it seemed

DRESSED in a floppy hat, with his wild thin grey hair poking out of the side, Marcel Amphoux gave a wide grin to the camera, showing his missing teeth.

In his neatly tied claret cravat, with his attractive younger bride on his arm, the kindly nicknamed “Hermit of the Alps” had never looked so smart or so proud.

Marcel Amphoux and Sandrine Devillard married to hisses and boos from local villagers

But to Marcel’s friends in the small French village of Puy-Saint-Pierre, the 67-year-old’s marriage to this glamorous blonde, 25 years his junior, would be his downfall.

They were convinced that property agent Sandrine Devillard was a calculating gold-digger, who connived to marry the old peasant farmer for his valuable plot of land in the Alps.

And so they swarm to the wedding ceremony in order to hiss and boo

The world only found out this week four years after his death what will happen to his valuable estate

It is reported that the strange story began five years ago when Sandrine travelled to the village in her capacity as a real estate agent.

it is reported that her mission was to convince the old man to sell his five ­shepherd’s huts.

The expansion of neighbouring ski resort Serre Chevalier meant that these ­ramshackle huts — or rather the six acres they occupied — could be worth ­millions of pounds.

'But she failed to convince Marcel to sell despite courting him with lavish trips to restaurants and the seaside.

However, it seemed Marcel Amphoux the eccentric ­bachelor, who got around on a bicycle fitted with a flashing police light and claimed he talked to aliens, was ­captivated by her beauty and attentions'.

Sandrine courted Marcel with lavish trips in a bid to get him to sell his land

Then came the news that shocked the villagers — the unexpected marriage.

Sandrine later revealed how their relationship grew from helping Marcel with his properties.

She explained: “He has three houses with occupants who pay no rent. I gave him a hand and he asked me to marry him.”

But villagers were not too convinced. They were outraged, fearing this kind, good-natured man who they described as “solitary but affable” was being duped.

One group of supporters even placed a notice in the local ­newspaper insisting it was not a wedding but that he had been seized “by a gang of frauds.”

Reportedly at the civil ceremony one resident, who wished to be known only as Jacques, said: “People were booing and jeering.

Marcel was killed in a road accident when his car plunged down a ravine

“They all knew Marcel well, and considered that Sandrine was solely after his property and money.

“As a couple they could not have looked more ridiculous. His wealth was all she was interested in and everybody knew it.”

Even mayor Jean-Marius Barneoud, who conducted the ceremony, was so suspicious of Sandrine’s motives he reportedly asked police to investigate her, something ­Sandrine said “insulted and humiliated” the newlyweds.

Sandrine appeared on a French Chat Show after the marriage and said: “People thought I was married to him because my husband owns properties in Serre Chevalier. This is not the case at all.”

Earlier she had insisted: “We are in love. Why don’t people leave us in peace? We want to live together. Full stop.”

Seven months after the 2011 wedding, in an attempt to prove she was genuine, she even recorded an awkward music video, L’appel Du Soleil (The Call Of The Sun) as a love song to her husband.

The video — with its echoes of Julie Andrews’ The Hills Are Alive Sound of Music routine — is supposed to show the glamorous Parisienne’s transformation from stiletto-heeled urbanite to rural homemaker.

She is pictured rejoicing in her new life among the snow-capped mountains and shepherd’s huts, wearing a ­sparkling white robe.

Marcel also appears — but only from the back, in a hood, they only kissed at the clip’s last moments

He was said to “live like a bear” in a hut ­without electricity or running water, the old farmer died in a mysterious car accident months after the shoot.

Marcel was killed in a road accident when his car plunged down a ravine

Marcel’s village, which has a population of around 500, turned out to his funeral en masse

The driver and another passenger were both friends of Sandrine’s and survived after Marcel’s car plunged down a ravine in heavy mist.

Foul play was ruled out by the gendarmerie.

The driver was later tried for manslaughter in the regional capital, Gap, but acquitted.

The village, which has a population of around 500, turned out to his funeral en masse, but even such a solemn occasion could not escape yet more drama.

His widow, immaculate in black, tried to hurl herself into Marcel’s grave.

Meanwhile the parish priest lashed out at those who had manipulated the old man, and treated him “like a balance sheet, not a person”.

Under French law, it was assumed ­Marcel’s properties would pass into ­Sandrine’s manicured hands.

And even before the dust had settled on his grave, she had reportedly told the ­tenants they would be homeless. To locals, it seemed that Sandrine had won — until a remarkable find the following year.

Reportedly the pair’s story took one final bizarre twist after Marcel’s death Scrawled on the back of an envelope was Marcel’s last will and testimony. In it, he made clear his wish for his money to pass to a female cousin and the huts bequeathed to the current tenants.It stipulated Sandrine should not receive a penny.

It seemed the old man was not as naive as his friends feared.The document was written “in the weeks before Marcel’s death,” according to lawyer Jean-Michel Colmant, who had verified it is genuine.But for the past three years, Sandrine has challenged its validity in the courts.

Sandrine claimed it was not in Marcel’s handwriting and that she had been the victim of “abuse of trust,” “attempted extortion” and forgery by the new heirs.

But this week news broke that the ­public prosecutor in Gap has quashed Sandrine’s claims, putting an end to her appeals and to the whole sorry saga.Prosecutor Raphael Balland declared that handwriting experts had concluded that “the will is by his hand”.Sandrine will not get a penny.

My Opinion- Sandrine is a 24 carat "gold digger"

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