France's finance minister says police made the country's biggest drug seizure in two years when they found 7.1 tons of hashish in Paris' chic 16th arrondisement.

Michel Sapin said in a statement Sunday that agents discovered the drugs, with an estimated street value of 15 million euros ($17 million), in an unoccupied van being used as a temporary storage space.

Last year, French drug agents seized nearly 200 tons of drugs, a record.