The préfecture of Seine-Saint-Denis is one of several areas of France where it is so difficult to get appointments for residency permits that a 'black market' has sprung up in people offering to arrange a rendez-vous in exchange for money.
As revealed by The Local earlier this month, in several areas there is such high demand for appointments that securing a time slot can be extremely difficult.
However, this week the Seine-Saint-Denis préfecture has posted a warning on its website about these practices.
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The authority warns: “Be very careful, do not accept any paid online appointments.