I was charged by a French car hire company for a driving violation - is this a scam?

I hired a car at Toulouse airport for 10 days in June. I'm unaware of any traffic violation during the hire, but late in July I received a letter from the car hire company telling me that they gave my details to the French police in connection with a violation. The hire company charged me €35 for their trouble. It is now late September, two months later, and I have heard nothing from the French police about any violation. Is this a hire company scam?

Asked on 27 September 2017 by turner

Answered by Honest John
No. They fulfilled their legal duty and charged you the standard fee of €30 - €35 for doing so. Whether the police take it any further and when they take it any further is up to the police. You might have to wait nine months. Or it might never happen.
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