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IIt could be a big case of tax fraud. The headquarters of a number of corporations of the worldwide milk big Lactalis have been searched this Tuesday, February 6, as a part of an investigation by the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF), stories Le Monde. The process was opened for aggravated tax fraud and laundering of aggravated tax fraud.

According to a judicial supply, the corporate would have evaded “several hundred million euros” in taxes over the interval 2009-2020. “The arrangements are of a high level, very ingenious and very sophisticated,” feedback one other supply to our colleagues in Le Monde. The investigations don’t at this stage relate to the non-public taxation of the group's CEO, Emmanuel Besnier.

Searches “planned for a long time”

In 2018, the nationwide monetary prosecutor's workplace had already opened an investigation for laundering of aggravated tax fraud “related to suspicions of reduction of its taxable profit by the Lactalis group”. Since then, the investigations have been prolonged.

When requested, Lactalis administration indicated that the searches “took place peacefully”. “Planned for a long time, these searches are unrelated to the current social context,” a judicial supply advised AFP.

.While farmers have expressed their anger and are demanding higher revenue, Lactalis is below fireplace from criticism from milk producers, who denounce the acquisition worth of their manufacturing set based on them unilaterally by the group and with out bearing in mind the imperatives of the Egalim legislation.