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Earlier this month, a court in Turin pronounced landmark prison sentences against two key shareholders of a multinational building company, accused of causing the deaths by asbestos contamination of some 3,000 people. It came as a stark contrast to the stalled criminal investigations into asbestos contamination in France, where 3,000 people die every year from the effects which are expected to cause 100,000 deaths by 2025. The Italian public prosecutor who led the five-year investigation based in Turin was in Paris last weekend to address a public meeting about this vast and complex case. Among the audience was Jean-Paul Teissonnière, the principle lawyer representing the French victims of asbestos contamination and their families, who fears political ill-will may lead to no trial ever taking place of those responsible for one of the country’s worst sanitary disasters in recent history. Marie Gall reports.
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