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Counterfeiting : a global plague
Today, counterfeiting represents more than 10 % of world trade, yielding between €250 and 400 billion a year of illegal profits.
In addition, it generates many direct or indirect jobs losses, as well as progressively impairing corporate performance regardless of the business size.
1 out of 5 fake products manufactured worldwide is sold in France.
In France alone, 3.5 million items were seized in 2004, a figure growing up to 5.6 million in 2005, causing 38.000 job losses.
In 2009, the situation has been worsening : a significant share of the massive Chinese exports is related to forgery.
Affected industries range from textile and luxury, to automotive and aerospace (spare parts), to pharma.
Sanitary hazards (agro-food, health care) therefore add up to the economic impact.
Fighting official and fiduciary documents forgery is another global stake.