In the French port cities of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, Custom officers seized 82,000 liters of illegal spirits from bootleggers in August 2011. The number of seized bottles in the one month was equal to three months seizures in 2010. The potential lost tax revenue wold have been about $1.4 Million (1 Million Euros).
The alcohol was being smuggled to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Source: “France-UK alcohol smuggling surges,” Connextion, August 24, 2011.
41 percent of male customers of the French prostitution industry are married.
57 percent have children.
Source: Angelique Chrisafis, “France may make it illegal to pay for sex,” Guardian, April 13, 2011.
Between 5 to 10 percent of all spare auto parts in France are counterfeit.
Source: AFP, “French agents in endless hunt for counterfeits,” Independent, June 14, 2011.
The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) found that 60 percent of all heroin usage in that region took place in France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Most of the heroin consumed in Europe originates from Afghanistan.
Source: “Factbox: U.N. report tracks global drug trafficking trends,” Reuters, March 2, 2011.
In 1994, French Customs officials reported seizing 200,000 articles of counterfeit goods.
In 2009, 7 million pieces of counterfeit goods were seized by Customs.
Source: Associated Press, “French Customs Agents Seize 354 Fake Faberge Eggs,” NPR, December 14, 2010.
Every year, there are an average of 20 or more museum art thefts in Paris.
Source: Doreen Carvajal, “Art Theft Underworld Frustrates France,” New York Times, August 26, 2010.
The United States, Japan, United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands purchased 11.7 million cubic meters of timber worth $8.4 Billion that was cut down by illegal logging activities in 2008.
Source: AFP, “Illegal logging of tropical forests in decline: study,” Google News, July 15, 2010.
Wildlife traffickers illegally bring in an estimated 273 tons of bushmeat to European markets for personal consumption.
Researchers found that on average, about 5 tons of bushmeat was seized by Customs at the Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.
Source: Mark Kinver, “Illegal bushmeat ‘rife in Europe’,” BBC News, June 17, 2010.
The illegal drug trade in France generated $1.95 Billion (1.37 Billion Euros) in revenue for drug traffickers, according to a 2004 National Drug Report.
Source: “2004 National Report to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point,” January 2004. Page 57.
Counterfeit goods in France causes losses of $8.5 Billion (6 Billion Euros) and 38,000 jobs each year.
Source: Adam Tschorn, “Paris’ house of knock-offs,” Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2009.