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Brassed off: trumpet suppliers face ruin over French military bands' unpaid bills

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Two entrepreneurs who run a business supplying musical instruments have been taken to court by their creditors. The businessmen, however, say their financial woes are due entirely to France's ministry of defence which has not paid them for many of the clarinets, trumpets, violins and other instruments they have supplied to military bands over the last four years. In total the company says the armed forces still owe them a staggering 370,000 euros. As Thomas Saint-Cricq reports, other small businesses also complain that the ministry is very slow to pay its bills.