Three senior executives of IKEA france have been put under formal investigation over allegations that they spied on employees and disgruntled customers.
They face accusations of obtaining private information from police files.
The case came to light after an IKEA insider leaked emails between the company and a security firm.
The move comes after police searched the company’s premises in Paris earlier this month.
The case is seen as being hugely damaging to the family-friendly image of the Swedish company.