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French authorities have accused two car giants of cheating

French authorities have charged two car giants — Renault and Volkswagen. They are suspected of hiding data on the real level of harmful emissions by cars, writes Le Figaro.

Renault said it had never installed the software to falsify the data. However, the company will have to pay a deposit of 20 million euros. Volkswagen also rejected all the claims. The company was accused of “ deception about the essential qualities of the product that pose a danger to human or animal health.” The concern was ordered to pay a deposit of 10 million euros.

Back in 2017, the General Directorate for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Anti-Fraud (DGCCRF) decided to study the operation of diesel engines of a dozen car brands. They studied whether the concerns use special software that hides the real level of harmful emissions.

In 2015, the US authorities caught Volkswagen in such deception, which caused large-scale inspections of car manufacturers in many countries around the world.

The American division of Volkswagen previously came under investigation for its April Fool's joke with the renaming of the Volkswagen. Despite the public apology of the head of Volkswagen Group of America, Scott Keogh, the company faces a serious fine on suspicion of speculating with stock prices.

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