A two-year investigation into a money laundering scheme, involving €1.7 million of goods being seized, has been concluded with the arrest of a 53-year-old local businessman in the Toulouse area.

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Cars and yacht seized in laundering probe

A two-year investigation into a money laundering scheme, involving €1.7 million of goods being seized, has been concluded with the arrest of a 53-year-old local businessman in the Toulouse area.

Mohammed C, as he is being called in French press, 53, from Auvillar, just north of Toulouse, is thought to have been head of an organised gang.

Over the past two years of investigation, authorities have seized a yacht and a lamborghini, as well as two night clubs, a bar-restaurant and two properties in the Toulouse area.

Suspicions about Mohammed C’s income were first aroused when the tax office realised his declared income was far too small for the luxuries he had bought himself.

But throughout the last two years of investigations the authorities could not charge him with anything concrete – the self-proclaimed businessman had the region’s best lawyers, and a complex system of businesses to unravel.

In total,authorities say the man had 10 business, involving a 12 other people six of whom were arrested in 2010.

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How France plans to prevents youngsters accessing online pornography

France is set to announce new measures this week to prevent youngsters from accessing porn websites, in the latest round of a years-long struggle to protect children from explicit material.

How France plans to prevents youngsters accessing online pornography

“I plan to put an end to this scandal,” Digital Affairs Minister Jean-Noel Barrot told the Parisien newspaper on Monday.

France’s data protection and media regulators Cnil and Arcom are set to announce their latest proposals to rein in porn websites which are in theory subject to a 2020 law requiring age verification.

Previous attempts have been held up by privacy and technical concerns, as well as court action by the websites.

To its frustration last September, a Paris court ordered Arcom to enter into mediation with several porn websites including market leader Pornhub, holding up efforts to block them.

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Under the new proposal, people wanting to access explicit material will need to download a phone application that provides them with a digital certificate and code, the Parisien reported.

The code will be needed to access a porn website under a system “which will work a bit like the checks from your bank when you buy something online,” Barrot told the newspaper.

“2023 will mark the end of our children accessing pornographic sites,” he added.

President Emmanuel Macron, who is married to former school teacher Brigitte Macron, promised to make protecting children from porn a priority during his bid for re-election last year.

In November, he launched the Children Online Protection Laboratory, an initiative that aims to bring together industry giants and researchers to look for ways to shield minors online.

In September last year, a report entitled “Hell Behind the Scenes” by French senators concluded that there was “massive, ordinary and toxic” viewing of porn by children.

The report found that two thirds of children aged 15 or less had seen pornographic content.

The French production industry has been roiled by a series of sexual assault cases in recent years in which women have come forward to allege rape, mistreatment and manipulation by directors and fellow actors.

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