When infra becomes fraud

Those at the EDHECinfra institute made a splash last year with the #fakeinfra attack on listed infrastructure. However, it’s on the streets of Paris where the real fake infrastructure may have been discovered.

A preliminary investigation by the Paris prosecutor has been opened after it was revealed in French media that employees of parking inspection company Streeteo had issued hundreds of false parking tickets in order to meet targets.

It was even reported that some employees were locked in a room to ensure they filed the registration plates. Further revelations detailed that one Streeteo inspector had tested positive for cannabis after initially stopped by police for not wearing a seatbelt, while a second driver was caught without a license.

Streeteo is a subsidiary of Indigo, the parking group owned by Ardian and Crédit Agricole Assurances. The company came out to condemn the practices, “including by some managers, obviously carried out without its knowledge”. It promised to stop the measures and “ensure motorists do not suffer any harm”.

We heard in Berlin last month of the need to communicating the benefits of private ownership to end users. In Paris, they might not want to listen.