Dieselgate remains controversial in France

Volkswagen car dealership signage. [Shutterstock/Cineberg]

French consumer defence association Consommation Logement Cadre de vie (CLCV) announced on Wednesday that it had launched a class action lawsuit against German car manufacturer Volkswagen.

Although Volkswagen has been paying heavy fines to consumers in countries such as the US, Germany and Australia, after it admitted in 2015 to having fitted VW cars with a so-called defeat device – illegal software designed to game emissions tests – it has not yet compensated French consumers who own such vehicles.

“In France, there was no echo. The state has remained passive,” CCLV president Jean-Yves Mano told FranceInfo on Wednesday.

In France, out of the 11 million motorists who were defrauded by 2015’s emission-cheating scandal across the globe, France counts 900,000.

Mano has not ruled out the possibility of “taking similar action at a later date” against French automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault, which has also been accused of emission-cheating.

(Lucie Duboua-Lorsch  | EURACTIV.FR)

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