In France, a judicial procedure was recently carried out in the offices of Chinese group Huawei, relating to suspicions of probity breaches. This preliminary investigation was conducted by magistrates from the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF). However, details on the findings of the investigation remain unclear. The Chinese group’s French headquarters is located in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), near the Paris ring road.
Earlier this year, Huawei faced allegations of abuse of corporate assets and tax fraud by the French Anti-Corruption Agency. As a result, a preliminary investigation was opened in Nanterre. On the other hand, Huawei is currently constructing a factory in Alsace aimed at starting production of equipment for mobile telecom networks, particularly 5G, by the end of 2025. Despite strong restrictions that Huawei faces in France, it maintains a significant market share in French telecommunications infrastructure with approximately 20% market share.
The United States has accused Huawei of being able to spy for the benefit of Chinese authorities, which Huawei has vehemently denied. Despite these allegations, Huawei remains at the forefront as the world’s leading manufacturer of 5G equipment. The European Commission also views Chinese telecom equipment suppliers like Huawei as a security risk to the European Union due to their potential to compromise EU security interests and sovereignty. In response to these concerns, EU member countries and telecom operators have been called upon by European Commissioner for Internal Market to exclude Huawei’s equipment from their mobile networks entirely.