FRANCE FIGHTS THE FAKERS
FRANCE FIGHTS THE FAKERS
2006-04-11 at 9:33:00 am #15308
France fights the fakers
4/06 – France is an obvious target for counterfeiters because it leads
the world with fashion and luxury brands.But now the threat of
competition from fake goods ranges from car parts and frying pans.
The costs of illegal competition from counterfeit goods to legitimate industrialists, in France as in the world, is huge.
the French government, together with brand-protection bodies, has
turned to counter-attack the counterfeiters, with a big advertising
campaign to warn consumers of the risks they run.
of goods is estimated to cost the legitimate owners of trademark rights
throughout the world 200 billion to 300 billion euros (245-368) billion
In France alone, copies of designer goods, medicine, toys
and car parts, predominantly from Asia, are estimated to cost the
economy six billion euros a year.
“There is an urgent need to raise
the awareness of consumers. Counterfeiting costs France 30,000 jobs
every year and 200,000 in Europe as a whole,” said Christophe Beaux,
the director of the ministerial cabinet at the French industry ministry.
finance ministry, together with France’s National Institute of
Industrial Property (INPI) and the National Committee against Fakes
(CNAC), began a five-million-euro campaign this month which will
include advertising slots on television and the Internet.
Five 15-second adverts will be shown until June 7 in a bid to press home to consumers the disadvantages of fakes.
CNAC president Bernard Brochand said the French failed fully to grasp the serious consequences of buying counterfeited goods.
that they risked an accident, through the use of fake car parts for
example. And, secondly, that if caught the false item would be
confiscated, and the purchaser would be liable to a fine of two to
three times the price of the true article.|
“A survey showed that 35 percent of them openly admitted buying counterfeit products,” he said.
most popular goods were fake designer products, with 31 percent saying
they had bought them or would be prepared to buy to, according to an
A quarter of respondents said they would also buy fake perfumes, leather goods, shoes and CDs or DVDs.
number of counterfeit articles confiscated in France surged from 3.5
million items in 2004 to 5.6 million last year, representing a rise of
In France, home of the world’s leading fashion houses,
the majority of the goods seized were fake designer goods with an
estimated value of 314 million euros.
Asia, and especially China, accounted for 41 percent of the counterfeit goods confiscated in France in 2005.
And the customs authorities say they are observing a worrying phenomenon.
For many years a popular transit point for fake goods, France is rapidly becoming a “destination” country for the products.
half of the copies seized were destined for the domestic market
compared with 19 percent in 2002 and less than five percent in 2001,”
said Francois Mongins, the director-general of France’s customs body.
“France is now a market for counterfeits of all kinds, whether it be ink cartridges for printers, toys, car parts and so on.”
is also alarmed that the phenomenon is being fuelled by the Internet
and said buyers should remember that faked goods fund criminal networks.
once concerned mainly luxury goods, but it has spread into almost every
type of consumer goods, including food, household goods ranging from
frying pans to irons, and children’s toys.
The World Trade
Organisation says 4.4 million counterfeited food products and alcoholic
beverages were seized in the European Union in 2004. It also believes
that one medicine in 10 is a fake, generating a market in
pharmaceutical counterfeiting worth 20 billion to 30 billion dollars