Huawei’s offices in France were raided last week by the French financial prosecutor’s office as part of a preliminary investigation.
According to Bloomberg, which cites a Justice Department official, the investigation concerns suspicions of “breach of probity”. This is a term that could include, among other violations, corruption, misuse of public funds or influence peddling.
Huawei and French authorities confirmed the raid took place last Tuesday, but provided no further details.
The company spokesperson responded by pointing out that Huawei had invested millions in research in France. He also confirmed that a factory manufacturing wireless communications equipment worth billions will be operational in 2025 and will create jobs and value.
He said Huawei has been present in France for 20 years and has always respected the law, and will continue to do so; and will cooperate and assist the French authorities in the investigation.
French news site l’Informe was the first to report the investigation.
The company operates several research centers and a global design center in the country.
Despite the setbacks encountered in recent years, Huawei has continued to collaborate with French mobile operators for the deployment of 5G networks. It has, however, faced restrictions imposed by the French government on its stake in critical parts of the country’s wireless infrastructure.