Keyword: Saint-Brieuc

French beaches closed due to toxic algae bloom linked to two deaths

Reports claim a teenager who died may have been poisoned by hydrogen sulphide, a toxic gas released as the sea lettuce algae decomposes.

Historic damages award for French factory workers harmed by pesticides

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Press conference by former Triskalia workers at Rennes, September 9th, 2016. © JL Press conference by former Triskalia workers at Rennes, September 9th, 2016. © JL

In a legal first in France, a court has awarded damages to two ex-employees of a Brittany animal feed firm after they were exposed to pesticides at work. The award is a milestone because it recognises that what is known as 'multiple chemical sensitivity' from pesticide exposure is an occupational disease, and lays the blame squarely with the employer. The ruling also recognises that agricultural workers can be affected even if they do not work in the fields. Jade Lindgaard reports.