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Air France and Ryanair in subsidy row

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Air France and Ryanair in subsidy row

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Air France is angry at low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair which it said is getting unfair subsidies from European regional governments to use their airports. It has complained to the European Commission. That complaint was made last November, but details have only just emerged.

The French airline said “open-ended subsidies” in the form of discounts, preferential treatment and marketing help violated European competition rules.

Ryanair hit back saying Air France had received state aid whereas it had not.