The French ecological transition ministry said it traced the plastic waste to a brokerage firm in southern France which, after Malaysia this summer returned the illegal consigment, it fined 192,000 euros before referring the company to the justice authorities .
The Paris prosecution services have launched an investigation into the death in Malaysia of Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, whose remains were found in a rainforest Tuesday, under a legal procedure in France that allows investigations to be opened into any unexplained deaths of French nationals abroad.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has warned French President Emmanuel Macron that his government is mulling legislation to restrict imports from France, whose bilateral trade with Malaysia totalled almost 4 billion euros in 2017, if Paris goes ahead with a proposed ban on the use of palm oil in bio fuels.
A bill of law proposing a punitive 300-euro-per tonne tax on palm oil has been amended to 90 euros per tonne after protests from producer countries.
Officials from Malaysia, China, Australia and France hold meeting in Paris to discuss progress of investigation into missing plane.
The 26-year-old wife of Amedy Coulibaly is emerging as key figure to understanding planning behind Charlie Hebdo and kosher store killings.