RANDOM tests for horsemeat in beef products carried out by the European Commission, found that in France more than one in every eight samples tested contained horse DNA.
Across the EU there were less than five percent of beef products found to contain horse DNA, with the UK and Ireland receiving a clean bill of health.
However, in France the figures showed that after 353 tests 47 were positive for horse DNA giving a rate of more than 13%, the highest in the EU.
The EU believes that the contamination of beef products with horsemeat is more a 'matter of food fraud and not of food safety' and has said that controls will be strengthened all the way along the food chain.
Something the French authorities have pressed for alongside higher fines and longer prison sentences for those convicted of food fraud.