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Air France pilots blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system

With travel and tourism being one of the hardest-hit industries by the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns, several stakeholders are increasingly prioritizing digital and contactless solutions.In this vein, Air France has partnered with MedAire, SGS, International SOS, and the International Chamber of Commerce to test a blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system.Beginning from March

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France moves to ban anonymous crypto accounts to prevent money laundering

French financial authorities are strengthening the country’s cryptocurrency regulations in a move to prevent illicit activities like money laundering and terrorism financing.On Dec. 9, several ministries in France jointly introduced an order aiming to prevent anonymous digital asset transactions by banning anonymous crypto accounts.The new regulatory effort is backed by

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France Declares War on Crypto Anonymity, Cites ‘Terrorism’ in KYC Mandate

The French Ministry of Finance unveiled sweeping know-your-customer (KYC) requirements on all cryptocurrency companies operating in and servicing the country on Wednesday, a move that could ultimately strip the French crypto space of any semblance of anonymity.All virtual asset service providers must immediately begin checking their customers’ identities, verifying “beneficial

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You Can Now Buy Tezos From 10,000 Convenience Stores in France

French crypto startup Digycode has introduced support for Tezos (XTZ) purchases through its prepaid vouchers and gift cards.The integration is the product of a partnership between Digycode and the research and development team from Nomadic Labs — which contribute to maintaining Tezos’s core code.Digycode’s co-founder Christopher Villegas described Tezos as “one of

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Alexander Vinnik Claims Injustice While Now Fighting Charges in France

After spending 30 months in detention, Greek authorities have finally extradited the Russian national and alleged Bitcoin (BTC) money launderer Alexander Vinnik to France. Prosecutors in France are charging Vinnik, operator of the defunct BTC-e crypto exchange, with multiple counts of money laundering, extortion and conspiracy.Vinnik also has pending

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Alleged Launderer of $4B in BTC Vinnik Charged in France After Extradition

French authorities have charged former operator of now-shuttered crypto exchange BTC-e and Russian national Alexander Vinnik.Bloomberg reported on Jan. 28 that Vinnik’s lawyers said that he will remain in France to face his charges following his recent extradition from Greece. According to an unspecified official at the prosecutor’s office,

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France Charges Alleged BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik Following Greek Extradition

French officials have charged Alexander Vinnik, the alleged operator of an exchange that laundered millions of dollars for criminals, on multiple counts including extortion and money laundering. According to a report by Bloomberg on Tuesday, Vinnik was interviewed by French prosecutors as soon as he was extradited from Greece late

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