Huawei’s Expansion in France: A Tangled Web of Cybersecurity Concerns and Geopolitical Tensions

France Raids Huawei, a Telecoms Giant, Suspected of Integrity Breaches

In April 2022, it was announced that a preliminary investigation had been opened in Nanterre on Huawei after an earlier report from the French Anti-Corruption Agency. However, this current investigation was not related to the report from the AFA. The Chinese group arrived in France in 2003 and has since established six research centers and a global design center in Paris. They are currently constructing a factory in Alsace, their first outside of China, and aim to begin production in 2025.

In recent years, the European Commission has identified Chinese suppliers of telecom equipment, including Huawei, as a risk to the security of the European Union. The European Commissioner for the Internal Market has called on the 27 EU member countries and telecom operators to exclude this equipment from their mobile networks. This call comes amid concerns about cybersecurity and data privacy, as well as tensions between China and other countries over trade and geopolitical issues.

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