The Border Police (PAF) at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport has dismantled an illegal immigration network from sub-Saharan Africa.
The PAF confirmed this to RFI.
The members of the network, a Malian and six other people of Malian origin, were presented Thursday evening May 11 in court. They are accused of having brought illegal immigrants into France with real tricolor passports.
It all started in November 2022 during a simple identity check on arrival at Roissy. A passenger from mali presents a real French passport, but which is not his.
In police custody, the man says he paid around 7,000 euros to travel from Bamako to Paris with a real identity document. The police of the FAP discover the existence of a network that sends authentic passports by post to customers living in Mali, Côte d’Ivoire or Cameroon.
150 to 200 accomplices who received 1,500 euros
French people with an immigrant background lend their own identity document or make a false declaration of loss to obtain a second one. “ The business, well established, had been running for a year or two”, specifies the PAF. Around 250 people would thus have entered France.
After several months of investigation, the police arrested the members of the network on Tuesday, in the Paris region. Seven people aged 24 to 55. Among them, a Malian, their leader, is a repeat offender.
Buthe work of the investigators is not finished since it is now necessary to question those who lent their passports. 150 to 200 accomplices who received 1,500 euros. As for those who entered France illegally, it will be difficult to find them.