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Maker of faulty French breast implants given four years jail
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Reporters focus on documents concerning the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implant trial, displayed in the courthouse in Marseille, southern France, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.  (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Reporters focus on documents concerning the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implant trial, displayed in the courthouse in Marseille, southern France, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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MARSEILLE, France: The founder of a French breast implant company was sentenced to four years in prison by a Marseille court on Tuesday for hiding the true nature of the sub-standard silicone used in implants sold to 300,000 women around the world.

The sentencing against Jean-Claude Mas, 74, founder and long-time chief executive of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), capped a scandal that fueled worldwide panic in 2011 after France recommended that women with such implants have them removed due to an abnormally high rupture rate.

 
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