Thierry Lévêque, journalist
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The 500-euro note is under scrutiny. Experts say it has become a favourite for gangs and terrorists. Easy to smuggle and to store, the note serves no real purpose in everyday life but it sure has made life less difficult for criminals. The European Central Bank is now under pressure to withdraw the note from circulation. French journalist Thierry Lévêque, who supports the note’s removal, explains why decision-makers are reluctant to do so.