Germany blocks ‘Dieselgate’ investigation in France

(EurActiv, 23 Aug 2018) Three French investigative judges have complained about the lack of collaboration from the German judiciary in the ‘Dieselgate’ file. Germany meanwhile alleged possible disruptions of its own investigation. An article from our partner Ouest-France.

The Franco-German duo is not a good example of cooperation when it comes to the ‘Dieselgate’ affair, a letter by three investigative judges in charge of the file in France published by the newspaper Le Parisien proves.

“We have made three official requests for documents to the prosecutor of Braunschweig. These demands have not succeeded,” the magistrates regret in their letter addressed to the civil plaintiff.

The Parisian prosecutor opened two judicial investigations, one in 2016 and another one in 2017, due to “aggravated fraud” following the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal.

In September 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency discovered that the German carmaker Volkswagen manipulated car engines to cheat on emission tests. Eleven million vehicles were affected. An experts’ report will be issued this Autumn about the extent of the ‘Dieselgate’ in France.

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