French Breast Implant Arrest

January 27, 2012 by staff 

French Breast Implant Arrest, The founder of a French company that makes breast implants linked to a health scare was arrested Thursday, the French national police said.

Jean-Claude Mas, founder of Poly Implant Protheses, or PIP, was detained in Six-Fours-les-Plages, near Toulon in southern France, police said.

PIP Director Claude Couty was arrested around the same time in nearby La Seyne-sur-Mer, and investigators searched his home, according to CNN affiliate France 2.

Mas was arrested in connection with an investigation into manslaughter and involuntary harm following the cancer death of a French woman with PIP implants in 2010, police in Marseille said.

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Prosecutors opened the probe in December in Marseille.

Marseille police and and public health officials are conducting the investigation, police said.

PIP implants have sparked health scares in Europe and South America.

A French attorney representing women with implants welcomed the arrest of Mas, though he said it could have come sooner.

“I don’t expect much from his hearing as we have already heard his lack of respect with regard to all of the victims,” said the lawyer, Philippe Courtois.

“He will undoubtedly say there was no problem with the gel, but that is not his decision to make,” Courtois added.

An estimated 300,000 women in 65 countries received breast implants from the company. The implants were banned in 2010, and the company went bankrupt later that year.

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