French civil servants confiscated Ryanair's airplane, and 149 London passengers were forced to sail in a dispute over aviation subsidies.
The French Civil Aviation Authority grabbed an airplane on Thursday at Bordeaux's airport before a scheduled flight to London Stansted, which is the latest episode of a misleading Irish air carrier.
The dispute was caused by the French subsidies paid to Ryanair in order to provide air travel from the Charente region to Angouleme to London between 2008 and 2009.
The European Commission has since argued that the aid is illegal and obliges Ryanair to pay back all. Charente officials argue that Ryanair will have to pay a little over £ 450,000, repatriating half of the aid.
The Boeing 737 was near take-off when the bailiff declared it seized asphalt and closed the machine. Approximately 149 passengers had to wait five hours before they could board Bordeaux-Merignac Airport on another Ryanair plane.
Ryanair has had a seized airplane from the French authorities for the purpose of forcing the airline back to illegal public aid (file image)
"The French authorities have taken this measure as a last resort after many reminders and money-laundering attempts failed," said DGAC's Directorate-General for Civil Aviation.
"With this move, the government confirms its intention to ensure fair competition between airlines and airports," he said.
The aircraft remains stopped until the sum is paid. "
"It is regrettable" that passengers on board had to wait five hours before they could take another Ryanair aircraft, which the Civil Aviation Organization added.
The regional Charente Libre newspaper reported that the airline was owed EUR 525 000 ($ 595,000) to the area.
French official Didier Villat told the Sud Ouest magazine: "As far as I know it is the first time that Ryanair has been seized in this way.
"Just because we manage Charente Airport, it does not mean we're not going to defend ourselves."
A spokesman for the DGAC of the French Air Transport Authority said: "With this act, the French State reiterates its desire to ensure the conditions for fair competition between airlines and airports.
The plane was near take-off when the bailiff announced that it was seized with asphalt and sealed on the aircraft. Approximately 149 passengers in the aircraft had to wait five hours before he could board the Bordeaux-Merignac airport (pictured) on another Ryanair airplane
"The level remains in place until the debt is paid."
Ryanair's fleet consists mostly of Boeing 737-800, with a list price of over $ 90 million each.
Last month, the EU competition authorities opened up a report on whether Ryanair had to take measures at a German airport which would give the Irish charter a disproportionate crossing over its competitors.
Last week, ministers of five European governments warned Ryanair that it might face legal problems if it ignores the many strikes of national labor law.
Pan-European stoppages led the airline to cut its forecasts, but still expect a profit after taxes of EUR 1.10-1.20 billion during the current fiscal year.
Ryanair also fights Italian regulators to suspend shipping cargo bills.
MailOnline has requested Ryanair's comment.