Counterfeit luxury goods seized on French Riviera

20th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, July 19 (AFP) - In an ongoing crackdown on counterfeit luxury goods, French customs officers on Tuesday seized tonnes of fake name-brand items on the Riviera, judicial officials said.

NICE, France, July 19 (AFP) - In an ongoing crackdown on counterfeit luxury goods, French customs officers on Tuesday seized tonnes of fake name-brand items on the Riviera, judicial officials said.

Officers seized eight tonnes of counterfeit products inside a truck including five tonnes of leather goods during a routine check near La Turbie on the motorway between Nice and the Italian border.

Details of the fake items were not immediately available as the inventory was not completed, officials said.

Several suspects were expected to be placed under investigation Wednesday or Thursday.

The haul was made less than a month after France's most powerful manufacturers of luxury goods warned tourists that buying or possessing counterfeit items on French soil was punishable by fines up to EUR 300,000 and three years in jail.

Counterfeit goods currently account for 10 percent of world trade, double the percentage for 2000. And the number of seizures of counterfeit items by customs agents has quadrupled, from 25 million in 1999 to 100 million in 2003.

In France, the increase was more than tenfold over 10 years, from 300,000 articles in 1995 to 3.5 million in 2004.

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