VW offices in France searched in connection with emissions scandal
According to a Sunday statement released by the Paris prosecutor’s office, the French police raided German automaker Volkswagen’s (VW) offices in France.
The raids at VW offices were carried out as part of an ongoing probe into VW’s cheating on diesel vehicle emissions tests. A preliminary inquiry is being conducted by the Paris prosecutor into suspected “aggravated deception” by VW, which installed ‘defeat device’ software on its diesel vehicles to intentionally mislead regulators about the vehicles’ emissions.
The VW offices raided by the French police include the automaker’s headquarters in Villers-Cotterêts; and another VW office in Paris.
The Paris prosecutor’s office has revealed that the searches at the two VW offices were carried out by investigators from France's environment and public health office. The officials raiding the VW offices confiscated the company’s computer equipment.
The reports of raids by French authorities at the two mentioned VW offices in France have been confirmed by Leslie Peltier, a spokeswoman for Volkswagen France. Peltier said that VW is fully cooperating with the police.
Meanwhile, according to a CNN report, a similar raid was carried out by authorities in Italy at the Bologna headquarters of VW-owned Lamborghini.
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