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Seek and destroy: French customs' war on counterfeit goods

By: Karina CHABOUR | Emerald MAXWELL
5 min

The global counterfeit goods market is worth an estimated €460 billion yearly, according to OECD and EU figures. In France, demand for cheap counterfeit goods is on the rise. Last year alone, French customs police seized almost 5.5 million knock-off replicas of branded products - everything from trainers to medication. Authorities are facing an uphill battle, with increasing volumes of international freight and ever-adapting criminal groups. Our team reports.


A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett.

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