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France split on pardons over tainted blood

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 29 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:294
  1. A Dorozynski

    France's scientific community is divided over whether President Francois Mitterand should pardon Dr Michael Garetta and Dr Jean Pierre Allain, who were sentenced to prison last year for allowing the distribution in 1985 of blood products that were contaminated with HIV. About 100 French doctors and scientists petitioned the president last week, asking for pardons for the two men. Coincidentally, 33 Nobel prize winners wrote to the president last week asking him to pardon Dr Allain. So far about 400 people have died in France after being given blood products contaminated with HIV.

    Dr Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who with Professor Luc …

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