Two Parisian investigating judges on Monday dismissed the long-term investigation into the poisoning of the West Indies with chlordecone, a pesticide authorized in banana plantations until 1993, AFP learned Thursday, January 5 from a close source. folder.
This dismissal of high symbolic value, which was also requested by the Paris prosecutor's office in its requisitions at the end of November, was feared by elected officials and inhabitants of Martinique and Guadeloupe, who have regularly denounced a risk of "
denial of justice
Chlordecone, a pesticide banned in France in 1990 but which continued to be authorized in the banana fields of Martinique and Guadeloupe by ministerial derogation until 1993, caused significant and long-lasting pollution of the two islands.
More than 90% of the adult population in Guadeloupe and Martinique is contaminated with chlordecone, according to Public Health France.