URGENT ¥¥¥ Horsemeat fraudsters must be punished: France's Hollande

Those responsible for disguising horsemeat as beef in frozen ready-to-eat meals must be punished, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday.

"There were evidently breaches, profits, unacceptable behaviour, and sanctions must be pronounced, and they should be administrative and penal if this is justified," he said in his first comment on the growing Europe-wide scandal.