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28 July 2014

More than 10 tonnes of contraband cigarettes have been seized on the premises of a forwarder and Customs agent situated in Vitrolles, in the suburbs of Marseille. Weapons were also confiscated.

The goods, concealed in a container which had been shipped from China, had a commercial value estimated at more than €3.6 million. They are thought to have been bound for the domestic market as the health warning on packets was in French.

A Customs spokesman declined to identify the forwarder. Four people were arrested and charged, with two of them remanded in custody and the other two released on bail.

Information gathered during the Marseille operation also led to the seizure of over 11,500 pairs of fake Nike and Converse brand shoes in a raid on a warehouse in the Nantes area, in western France.