France bans asbestos

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:72

The French government has banned the use of asbestos from 1 January 1997 after a report stating that at least 2000 people in France die every year from asbestos related diseases.

Jacques Barrot, the minister of labour and social affairs, announced the decision last week, a day after the report from the National Institute for Scientific and Medical Research (INSERM) was published. A week earlier, on June 25, ANDEVA, the French association of asbestos victims, …

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