Hackers have stolen more than 2.6 million euros in funding for a new project in southern France, and are demanding a €15 million reward for their crimes, officials said.
The project, called DY Wood, was designed to restore woodlands on an old road in the south of the French Riviera, a region that is home to the French Alps.
It was supposed to have opened in 2020, but in 2018 a court order stopped the project’s progress.
After a court ruling, the project was set to open this year, but the court stopped the plan for now.
The funds were to go towards the construction of a network of trees and shrubs, but authorities are concerned that the money could have been diverted into other projects, including a new car park for the local police force.DY Wood was set up by French group A3-D and the group has been accused of stealing more than 1.2 million euros.
A3 D, which is based in Germany, said the funds were intended to pay for construction of trees, bushes and shrublets, which would provide a safe environment for wildlife.
Dy Wood was expected to open in 2020.
It is unclear whether the money was intended to be used to construct trees, or the money for landscaping, the group said.
A spokeswoman for the group did not respond to questions.
The group said it was working to establish a legal mechanism to recover the funds.