Huawei is holding out. But in recent years the Chinese manufacturer has had numerous difficulties with the authorities. In addition to smartphones, headphones and even computers, telecommunications devices are also offered, especially for the use of 5G.
In the United States and the European Union Huawei is singled out and carefully monitored. It has been several years since the manufacturer, which nevertheless had a very good start, was suspected of espionage on behalf of the Chinese authorities. Although Huawei strongly denies these allegations, this is not enough to eliminate all suspicions. In 2019, an “anti-Huawei” law was passed that severely restricted the still important operating licenses. Despite all this, Huawei claims a 20% share of the French telecommunications infrastructure market.
This Tuesday, February 6, 2024, the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) stormed into Huawei’s French premises in Boulogne-Billancourt. This is what was revealed The informed last Thursday. It appears that suspicions of integrity violations prompted the authorities to conduct this search. This designation covers six crimes: corruption, illegal usurpation of interests, influence peddling, embezzlement of public funds, extortion and favoritism. We currently have no further information about the exact reasons for this search.
A new obstacle for Huawei
In 2021, a preliminary investigation was launched by the Paris Financial Brigade after a report by the French Anti-Corruption Authority (AFA) on possible misuse of company assets and tax fraud was uncovered challenges In April 2022, the judicial source interviewed by AFP confirmed that this search was unrelated.
Thursday, February 8, 2024, Huawei expressed himself about this search of his French premises. The message is short, concise and calm. The group confirms the search and says it has cooperated fully with investigators.
As Huawei reminds in this press release, the group has been present in France for more than two decades “has always respected all French laws and regulations”. Without wanting to say more, Huawei finally shows its confidence in the conclusion of the current investigation.
Since 2003, Huawei has opened six research centers and a global design center in Paris. With the current construction of a factory in Alsace, the company’s first factory outside of China, Huawei is showing strong ties to France. Despite everything, the weather is not good for Huawei. Prior to this search, the European Commission estimated in June 2023 that Huawei constituted a company “Risk to the security of the European Union”. While this new investigation doesn’t bury the Chinese company, it should certainly underline a stance that has been bad for some time.