German investigators probing the "dieselgate" pollution scandal at Volkswagen have refused to share their findings with their French counterparts, according to a letter seen by AFP on Monday. German prosecutors have been investigating Volkswagen since 2015 after it emerged that the car giant had installed devices in 11-million diesel cars designed to cheat pollution tests. French prosecutors opened their own probe two years ago into alleged aggravated fraud at Volkswagen. "We have already sent three official requests for documents to the prosecutor of the court in Braunschweig, requests which have come to nothing," three French investigating judges wrote in a letter dated July 27. German prosecutors "consider that the communication of elements of their inquiry to French judges would risk seriously disrupting the progress of their investigations", the judges wrote to car owners who are civil plaintiffs in the case.

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