A preliminary investigation into the organisation of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France has been opened.
France's financial prosecutor has confirmed an inquiry will take place to look into whether there had been any corruption or favouritism involved.
The French PNF financial prosecutor also confirmed a search was underway at the headquarters of the 2023 Rugby World Cup organisers.
"The National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) is currently conducting a search of the headquarters of the Organising Committee," France 2023 said in a statement to Reuters.
"This intervention is a continuation of the mission of the General Inspectorate of Finances, mandated this summer by the government to verify the management of the entities of the Organising Committee (GIP, GIE and Endowment Fund) with the General Inspectorate of National Education, Sport and Research.
"France 2023 will not comment further on the subject."