PARIS (Bloomberg) -- French authorities will ask Volkswagen Group to refund any state subsidies that have been distributed for the purchase of vehicles caught up in VW’s diesel emissions scandal, Energy and Environment Minister Segolene Royal said.
"If state bonuses were given for the purchase of alleged 'clean cars,' these funds will have to be repaid," Royal told BFM Television after a cabinet meeting Wednesday.
The call comes as Spain's Industry Ministry said on Tuesday that VW had agreed to return state car-purchase subsidies on vehicles fitted with manipulated software that amounted to 1,000 euros per vehicle.
Volkswagen said it sold 946,064 cars in France that included software meant to foil pollution tests, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday. French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said he didn't have an estimate of how many of those cars would have been deemed "clean" and therefore eligible for government-funded discounts that average about 1,000 euros a car.
VW has admitted using software to cheat in U.S. emissions tests and now faces a possible recall of up to 11 million vehicles worldwide.
Royal said random pollution tests on cars in France will start Thursday.