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French police bust Georgian crime ring

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French police have busted an alleged Georgian criminal gang working with an Armenian network to sell goods robbed across the Paris region and south-west France.

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A huge team of 300 gendarmes rounded up 23 Georgians and Armenians, most of them living in the foothills of the Pyrenees, on Friday.

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They are accused of theft, receiving stolen goods and money-laundering.

The gang was highly structured with a well established hierarchy, according to police.

It came to light after a spate of robberies, mainly targeting digital products and jewellery, of businesses and homes across the south-west of France.

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The profits of the crimes were sent back to the two Caucasian countries, police say.

The accused will be charged and questioned in the western city of Bordeaux.

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