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France grounds Ryanair plane to force subsidy repayment

The French civil aviation authority said Friday it had seized a Ryanair plane to get the Irish low-cost airline to repay illegal public aid, the latest in a string of troubles for the carrier. The EU Commission in 2014 ruled that subsidies Ryanair received from a regional authority had to be repaid, but the airline had not complied despite repeated warnings. The plane, a Boeing 737, was seized on Thursday at Bordeaux airport in southwestern France. This measure was taken as a last resort by the French authorities after several reminders and attempts to recuperate the money failed, the DGAC civil aviation body said. By this action, the government reaffirms its intention to guarantee the conditions of fair competition between airlines and between airports, it said. The plane will remain immobilised until the sum is paid . It was regrettable that the 149 passengers on board the plane had to wait five hours before being able to take off from the Bordeaux-Merignac airport in another

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