Dismay in French Caribbean as Paris court dismisses pesticide case

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Judges in Paris considering a case involving use of banned pesticide chlordecone in Martinique and Guadeloupe ruled that it’s too hard to determine who’s to blame for acts committed so long ago. 

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Nearly 20 years after Caribbean islanders sued to hold the French government criminally responsible for the banana industry’s extended use of a banned pesticide in Martinique and Guadeloupe, a panel of judges has dismissed their case, ruling that it’s too hard to determine who’s to blame for acts committed so long ago, reports FRANCE 24.