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“Over the next three years, the French government runs the risk of having to pay an enormous bill of between €8bn and €9bn” for failing to respect various aspects of European legislation, announces the daily.

Paris and Brussels are involved in 20 fiscal wrangles over subsidies, which were paid out by the French state without informing the EU.

The daily cites the example of the plans de campagne grant schemes for French farmers, which have been deemed illegal by the European Commission. France’s fruit and vegetable growers may be forced to reimburse some €300m in grants that were attributed 10 or 20 years ago.