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Green politician in drugs probe unmasked as sex shop owner

Green party politician Florence Lamblin, who is suspected of involvement in a money laundering affair linked to a drugs ring, is also a partner in an eco-friendly sex toy website, paper Le Canard Enchainé revealed this week.

Lamblin, who was arrested and charged on Saturday on suspicion of being part of gang who laundered €40 million of drugs money, also has a 40 percent share in website sexecolo.com.

The site, whose slogan is “pleasure, naturally”, sells natural massage oils, organic lingerie and sex toys free from potentially harmful plastic additives.

The head of the business, Kobisha Sarl, an architect, is reportedly registered at Lamblin’s address.

In 2009, Lamblin owned a site called mybio.com selling organic products, which was shut down after customers complained of never receiving orders they had paid for.

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Timbre fiscal: Everything you need to know about France’s finance stamps

If you're doing a French admin task, you might be asked to provide a 'timbre fiscale' - here's what these are and how to get them.

Timbre fiscal: Everything you need to know about France's finance stamps

In France, you can buy  a very particular kind of stamp to cover the cost of a titre de séjour, or French passport, to pay your taxes, get an ID card if you’re eligible, or pay for your driving licence.

Basically a timbre fiscale is a way of paying a fee to the government, and some online processes – such as the tax offices – now have the more modern method of a bank transfer or card payment.

However there are plenty of official tasks that still demand a timbre fiscale.

In the pre-internet days, this was a way of sending money safely and securely to the government and involved an actual physical stamp – you bought stamps to the value of the money you owned, stuck them onto a card and posted them to government office.

They could be used for anything from paying your taxes to fees for administrative processes like getting a new passport or residency card.

These days the stamps are digital. You will receive, instead, either a pdf document with a QR code that can be scanned from a phone or tablet, or an SMS with a unique 16-digit figure. Both will be accepted by the agency you are dealing with.

Once you have the code you need, you can add this to any online process that requires timbre fiscaux (the plural) and that will complete your dossier.

You can buy them from a properly equipped tabac, at your nearest trésorerie, or online

Paper stamps remain available in France’s overseas départements, but have been gradually phased out in mainland France.

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