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LThe numerous headquarters of the Thales group have been searched between Wednesday 26 and Friday 28 June, revealed BFMTV on Saturday 29 June. The police searched the corporate's premises situated in France, Spain and the Netherlands. The French group is suspected, amongst different issues, of corruption linked to gross sales of army tools overseas, notably to Brazil.

These operations mobilized 65 investigators from the Central Office for the Fight in opposition to Corruption and Financial and Tax Offenses, 12 magistrates from the PNF, in addition to the coordinated work of Eurojust (European judicial company) and the judicial authorities of the 2 different nations. involved (Spain and the Netherlands).

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The searches have been carried out as a part of two preliminary investigations by the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF). The first case, opened in 2016, issues the sale of submarines and the development of a naval base in Brazil.

READ ALSO War in Ukraine: a contract with Russia places Thales in turmoilAt the identical time, the National Financial Prosecutor's Office has been investigating numerous gross sales of civilian and army tools overseas since June 2023. The investigation focuses on suspicions of “corruption”, “peddling in influence of a foreign public official”, “private corruption”, “criminal association”, “money laundering” and “concealment”.

Contacted by BFMTV, Thales confirmed the searches, however ensures that it complies “strictly with national and international rules” on this matter.