French authorities detained two Chinese nationals in a checkpoint at the national frontier, outside Strasbourg, in an Audi A6. Hidden inside the hard padding behind the front seats was €1.8m in notes of various denominations.
The individuals arrested had arrived in France from Portugal, where they reportedly resided, and were traveling onward to Austria. It was said that they arrived in Paris by air, but whether the bulk cash smugglers brought the money into France, or collected it there, is unknown.
|Authorities counting the notes|