The Chinese group Huawei is currently under investigation in France for suspected breaches of probity. This preliminary investigation was conducted by magistrates from the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF), but details on the findings remain unclear. Huawei’s French headquarters is located in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), near the Paris ring road.
Earlier this year, the French Anti-Corruption Agency reported possible abuse of corporate assets and tax fraud by Huawei, which led to a preliminary investigation opened in Nanterre. Meanwhile, Huawei is currently building a factory in Alsace, aimed at starting production of equipment for mobile telecom networks, particularly 5G, by the end of 2025. Despite facing strong restrictions in France, Huawei maintains a 20% share of the French telecoms infrastructure market.
The United States has accused Huawei of being able to spy for the benefit of the Chinese authorities, a claim that Huawei has firmly contested. Despite these allegations, Huawei remains the world’s leading equipment manufacturer for 5G. The European Commission also views Chinese telecom equipment suppliers, including Huawei, as a security risk to the European Union. In response, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market has called on EU member countries and telecom operators to exclude Huawei’s equipment from their mobile networks.