PIP breast implant boss arrested in France
The owner of a French breast implant maker at the centre of a safety scare has been arrested in southern France. Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) founder Jean-Claude Mas, 72, was held at his home in Six-Fours-les-Plages, police sources told reporters.
In 2010, France banned PIP implants made with low-grade industrial silicone, amid fears they could rupture and leak. Up to 400,000 women in 65 countries are believed to have been given implants.
Mr Mas remains at his home while police search it – as required by French law. He is believed to have been detained as part of a judicial investigation started in December into manslaughter and involuntary injuries. A second PIP executive, former chief financial officer Claude Couty, has also been arrested. Mr Mas has been under investigation since he revealed in a police interview last year that PIP ordered employees to hide the unauthorised silicone when inspectors visited its factory.
He told police that PIP had deceived European safety inspectors for 13 years.
But he has insisted they posed no threat to health and attacked the French authorities for offering to pay for their removal because it put women through a “surgery risk”.
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