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Firm which produces France's favourite bottled water faces claims of polluting stream

By Mathieu Martiniere (We Report)
The stream close to the Roxane bottling plant at La Ferrière-Bochard. © Alberto Campi The stream close to the Roxane bottling plant at La Ferrière-Bochard. © Alberto Campi

For nearly twenty years fishermen, residents and environment inspectors have raised the alarm over pollution seeping from an industrial bottling plant owned by the French group Roxane in Normandy. Locals say the organic pollution has caused major harm to the stream, which feeds into the River Sarthe. Roxane, the third largest French bottling company and owner of Cristaline, the most widely-consumed bottled water in the country, also has its headquarters at the site. Mathieu Martiniere of the independent journalists collective 'We Report' investigates.

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