FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Bayer said on Saturday it did not accept “unethical behavior” following a French investigation into a suspected file assembled by the German company’s seed making unit Monsanto to influence various personalities in France.
The French prosecutor said on Friday it had opened the probe after a complaint was filed by daily newspaper Le Monde.
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According to the newspaper and other French media, Monsanto built up a file of some 200 names that includes journalists and lawmakers in the hope of influencing their positions on pesticides.
The file, Le Monde reported, dates from 2016 and was leaked by U.S public relations and marketing agency FleishmanHillard.
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In an emailed statement, Bayer declined to comment on the investigation, saying it did not know which documents the allegations referred to.
“We stand for openness and a fair treatment of all interest groups....
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