France Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from France’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

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.

Counterfeit goods in France cause $7.8 Billion in losses each year.


Human trafficking victims from Africa make up to 25 percent of all prostitutes in France.

(Cost to hire a prostitute around the world.)


Estimates by security agencies and intelligence reports believe that between 10,000 to 12,000 people are entering France each year by human traffickers.

(More human trafficking statistics here.)


Counterfeit goods and piracy causes the loss of 38,000 jobs in France each year.

(Additional counterfeit goods statistics.)


Counterfeit cosmetics make up to 10 percent of the total French cosmetics market.

(Losses to businesses and industries to counterfeits.)