PARIS, October 18. /Corr. Sergey Shcherbakov/. In the French subsidiaries of the Volkswagen group were searched against a background of scandalous cases of fraud with environmental sensors, cars with diesel engines. This was reported by the AFP news Agency with reference to judicial sources.
According to information, searches were held last Friday in Villers-Cotterêts, where since 1962 is the French branch of Volkswagen, and also in the office of the company in Roissy. During investigatory actions has been made seizure of documents.
Volkswagen was at the center of a scandal after the discovery in the car group, which allows you to fake the emissions on diesel vehicles. The investigation in respect of the German auto giant was discovered in the U.S., followed by lawsuits in several countries in Europe and Asia. In France, a preliminary investigation was launched this month.
In addition, French ecology Minister ségolène Royal announced that the government intends to require from the Volkswagen reimbursement for state subsidies, which were paid by French buyers of diesel cars, which were sold under the slogan of environmental protection.
“The French state must be compensated for the funds that were paid as government subsidies when buying in France the so-called eco-friendly vehicles”, – said the Minister. According to her, at the present time “is the total of these payments”.
As noted earlier in the press release Volkswagen, the problem of falsifying data environmental tests on the content of harmful substances of exhaust gases of cars affected up to 11 million cars worldwide and about 1 million in France.