Algerian “Marlboro” Containers Flood The French Market
A French MP accused the tobacco company Philip Morris International, which produces the “Marlboro” brand, of flooding the French market with low-cost tobacco from Algeria through entire containers entering French soil.
The MP Francois-Michel Lambert said, in a debate session at the National Assembly (Parliament) on May 4, 2021, which copy is available to Echorouk; “We know that the vast majority of these cigarettes come from the manufacturing factories of the major tobacco companies that flood the markets of countries with low-cost cigarettes, such as the Algerian Marlboro cigarettes, that arrive in France through entire full containers.”
The French MP, belonging to the Freedoms and Territories Group at the National Assembly, explained that he had sent a warning to the Attorney General, under Article 40 of the Criminal Procedure Code, regarding the manipulations carried out by Philip Morris International (the producer of Marlboro cigarettes) in Algeria, adding that he had submitted two law proposals to work within the framework of the WHO Health Protocol.
The French MP’s statements include explicit accusations to Philip Morris International, which produces Marlboro cigarettes through its branch in Algeria, of flooding the French market with low-cost cigarettes through large quantities and even full containers.
In early March, the same MP mentioned, in a question at Parliament, that the Algerian Marlboro cigarettes cause annual losses to the French treasury worth 500 million euros, adding that there was a complaint against Philip Morris International for fraudulent feeding and dumping tobacco trade in France with cigarettes coming from Algeria.
Lambert explained that Marlboro cigarettes in Algeria (owned by Philip Morris) represent about 4.5% of the French cigarette market and that Algerian cigarettes (Marlboro in particular) which arrive in France represent an annual loss ranging between 400 to 500 million euros, which are tax losses that do not enter the French state treasury.
Algerian cigarettes are often very popular in various French cities, where one carton of “Marlboro” cigarettes is sold, for example, in the Barbès district of Paris, for 35 to 40 euros, and Algerian youth, especially illegal immigrants are often exposed to French police raids because they sold this type of cigarette, and sometimes on the roadside and other times covertly.