On Tuesday, the manufacturer Renault had already announced its indictment in the same case.
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Volkswagen was indicted in France on May 6 for “deception” in the investigation of fraud against pollution control of older generations of diesel engines, announced Wednesday, June 10 the manufacturer and a judicial source, confirming information from Europe 1.
In the aftermath of Renault’s announcement of its indictment, the German automobile giant, which contests “any prejudice” for French consumers, announced in a press release Wednesday its implication in this resounding scandal of the “dieselgate”.
The dieselgate, which has given rise to legal actions in many countries, has already cost Volkswagen 30 billion euros, largely in the United States where the German group pleaded guilty to fraud in 2017. The manufacturer had recognized in the fall of 2015 that it had equipped 11 million of its diesel vehicles with software capable of concealing emissions that sometimes exceed 40 times the authorized standards.
“For Volkswagen AG, the facts examined by the French courts are included and identical to those already decided in Germany, but the investigating judges told us that, according to them, it was necessary to continue the investigations before deciding definitively on this subject” , said the builder’s lawyer, Me Huc-Morel. The company has already challenged this analysis of the magistrates before the investigating chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal. His appeal is awaiting examination.