Ryanair plane impounded in France over unrefunded subsidies

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A London-bound Ryanair plane with 149 passengers on board was seized by the French authorities at Bordeaux airport on Friday because the Irish low-cost airline had failed to repay more than 500,000 euros it had received in undue subsidies from local government, which it finally settled several hours later.

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Ryanair has been forced to pay the French government 525,000 euros to release one of its planes after it was impounded at Bordeaux airport in a decade-long legal battle over illegal subsidies, reports The Guardian.