The French office of Chinese tech giant Huawei was raided by authorities on Tuesday, the company confirmed. The raid was part of a preliminary investigation into alleged “violations of integrity,” which refers to crimes such as corruption, favoritism and influence peddling.
A judicial source told CNN that the search was conducted in compliance with the laws and regulations applicable in France. Huawei said it has been operating in France for more than 20 years and has invested over 200 million euros ($215 million) to build a factory in the Alsace region that will produce wireless communication equipment worth 1 billion euros ($1.08 billion) per year.
The factory will start operating by the end of 2025 and will supply the European market with 5G equipment, ultimately creating around 500 jobs. However, earlier in 2020, a number of European countries banned Huawei from their 5G telecom networks or limited its role in these networks. Despite this setback, Huawei remains committed to its operations in France and continues to invest heavily in research and development here every year.