France

New Documents

On Oct. 5, the appeals court in Paris ruled in favor of sanctioned Russian billionaire Alexey Viktorovich Kuzmichev in his lawsuit against France’s customs authority, finding that the freezing and raid on his Antibes yacht was unlawful. 

France’s Observatory for the Security of Payment Means (Observatoire de l’épargne réglementée) published its annual report detailing trends in payment flows and fraud in 2021 and measures undertaken by the agency to improve the security of payment means.

News

Enforcement Actions

France’s Financial Prosecutor’s Office and the Chicago, IL-based corporation signed a settlement agreement on June 16. 2022, concerning allegations of tax evasion related to transfer pricing arrangements between the French subsidiary and other entities located abroad.

French regulator Autorité des marchés financiers banned the Lyon, France-based company and its manager from exercising as financial investment advisors for a period of ten years and imposed a €150,000 fine for anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing shortcomings and other violations.


Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department labels France as a jurisdiction of primary concern. The country’s banking, financial and commercial sectors are attractive for money laundering because of its large economy, political stability and sophisticated financial system. Illicit proceeds are generated through public corruption, narcotics and human trafficking, smuggling and other activities associated with organized crime. Another significant source of money laundering comes from sports teams. France has a large informal sector, including hawalas typically used by immigrant populations. However, there is little information on the scale of such activities. Casinos are regulated. The use of virtual money is growing in France, mostly through online gaming and social networks.
  • KYC Covered Entities: Banks, credit and money-issuing institutions, e-money institutions, investment firms, money exchangers, investment management companies, mutual insurers and benefit institutions, insurance intermediaries and dealers, notaries, receivers and trustees in bankruptcy, financial investment advisors, real estate brokers, chartered accountants, auditors, dealers in high-value goods, auctioneers and auction houses, bailiffs, lawyers, participants in stock exchange settlement and delivery, commercial registered office providers, gaming centers, companies involved in sports betting and horse racing tips, and casinos
  • STR Covered Entities: Banks, credit and money-issuing institutions, e-money institutions, investment firms, money exchangers, investment management companies, mutual insurers and benefit institutions, insurance intermediaries and dealers, notaries, receivers and trustees in bankruptcy, financial investment advisors, real estate brokers, chartered accountants, auditors, dealers in high-value goods, auctioneers and auction houses, bailiffs, lawyers, participants in stock exchange settlement and delivery, commercial registered office providers, gaming centers, companies involved in sports betting and horse racing tips, and casinos
  • Enhanced Due Diligence Procedures for PEPs: Foreign: Yes; Domestic: Yes
  • Money Laundering Criminal Prosecutions/Convictions: Prosecutions: 464 (2014); Convictions: 424 (2013)
-Source: 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

Rankings

FATF i

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 9 High :
Largely Compliant : 29 Substantial :
Partially Compliant : 10 Moderate :
Non-Compliant : 1 Low :

BASEL i

Rank : 122/141
Score : 3.92/10

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL i

Rank : 23/179
Score : 69/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 33/133
Score : 50/100