If the French government persists in banning imports of British beef, it could soon be facing a daily fine of €630,000 (US$557,000), according to a EU juridical source. The source told Agence France Presse yesterday [Thursday] that the fine would be the maximum permitted, and would only be imposed if France continues to ignore the warnings issued by the European Commission to adhere to the 13 December 2001 ruling by the European Court of Justice to lift the ban.