I think it may aid this discussion somewhat to highlight that maximind gave this a very low warning/indication despite phone and similar verification. It certainly shows that it is possible to "fool the system" .
The detection was made aptly be a technician and Google had also sent their generic "your site is being removed from the listing for x reasons" email which validated our assumptions despite the code, copyright and trademark issues that where a clear giveaway.
My main bugbear
of the whole situation is the lack of interest from the authorities, as there is simply I imagine to much paper work involved to in this case contact the French authorities and have them act and as such people will continue to use providers outside of their own country of origin somewhat safely in the knowledge they'll somewhat get away with it.