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Airbus Probed by French Authorities as U.K. Fraud Case Widens

  • Regulator coordinate investigation of third-party consultants
  • Planemaker has pledged to stop using intermediaries for orders
LONDON - MAY 18: An Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft comes in to land for the first time at Heathrow airport on May 18, 2006 in London. The A380 had earlier flown over the two British Airbus plants at Filton and Broughton that are involved in the design and manufacture of the wings.
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French authorities joined the U.K. in a corruption probe of Airbus Group SE centered on allegations of fraudulent practices related to selling planes and arranging aircraft financing.

The probe by the Parquet National Financier follows steps by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office in August to look into possible bribery and corruption in Airbus’s civil aviation business related to third-party consultants, the Toulouse, France-based planemaker said late Thursday. The two authorities will coordinate with one another, Airbus said.