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Chlordecone in the West Indies: justice dismisses the case


The Paris prosecutor's office had requested the dismissal last November in this highly sensitive case in the West Indies.

Following the requisitions of the prosecution, the courts dismissed the case on poisoning with chlordecone, this pesticide classified as a possible carcinogen by the WHO and used until 1993 in the West Indies, we learned source close to the case.

Responsible for prostate cancer in particular, this product was banned in mainland France in 1990 but continued to be used until 1993 in the West Indies, particularly in banana plantations.

In 2006, several Martinican and Guadeloupean associations had filed a complaint against the French State for poisoning, endangering the lives of others and administration of harmful substances.

This dismissal of high symbolic value was feared by elected officials and residents of Martinique and Guadeloupe, who regularly denounced a risk of "denial of justice".

Source: leparis

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