The Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) found 60% of anomalies in products sold on online marketplaces in 2020, she announced in a press release on Friday. .
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A total of 129 products sold on ten marketplaces were analyzed.
According to the DGCCRF, 32% were found to be "
" and 28%, "
although safe, did not meet the compliance criteria imposed by the regulations
This cumulative failure rate of 60% is significantly higher than the results usually observed in surveys targeting the same products in more traditional distribution channels
", ensures the Repression of fraud.
Jewelry in the viewfinder
Among the worst performers are smoke detectors, some of which did not even go off during fire tests: none of the nine analyzed should have been on the market.
Electrical adapters also had "
very concerning results
", with 13 out of 15 hazardous products, most of them showing a risk of electric shock.
Jewelry drew the attention of DGCCRF agents, with 38% of "
non-compliant and dangerous
As for toys, 23% were found to be dangerous.
Certain disguise sets and lint could lead to strangulation or suffocation, in particular because of "
small easily detachable elements
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These situations are unacceptable and must be treated with force
", reacted in a press release the Minister for SMEs, Alain Griset.
He also assured that it would be "
one of the challenges of the French presidency of the European Union
The DGCCRF claims to have asked the marketplaces concerned to withdraw their non-compliant products.
One of them, however, “
never responded to the requests
In recent years,
”, which sell products from several different sellers, have developed a lot, on the model of Amazon, CDiscount or even AliExpress.
With the closures of physical stores during the health crisis, they also took advantage of the craze around online commerce.