In a judicial procedure relating to suspicions of breaches of probity, the offices of Chinese group Huawei in France were searched. This preliminary investigation was conducted by magistrates from the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF). However, details on the findings of the investigation remain unclear. The Chinese group’s French headquarters is located in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), near the Paris ring road.
In earlier this year, the French Anti-Corruption Agency reported possible abuse of corporate assets and tax fraud by Huawei, which led to a preliminary investigation opened in Nanterre. On the other hand, Huawei is currently building a factory in Alsace, aimed at starting production of equipment for mobile telecom networks, particularly 5G, by the end of 2025. Despite facing strong restrictions in France due to allegations that it can spy for Chinese authorities, Huawei maintains a 20% share of the French telecoms infrastructure market.
The United States has accused Huawei of being able to spy for Chinese authorities, which it has strongly contested. Despite these allegations and despite being viewed as a security risk by the European Commission due to its association with China’s government, Huawei remains the world’s leading equipment manufacturer for 5G. In response to these concerns, EU member countries and telecom operators have been called upon by European Commissioner for Internal Market to exclude Huawei’s equipment from their mobile networks.