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5 French execs in breast implant scandal on trial

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Hundreds of women who received faulty breast implants are gathering in the south of France for the fraud trial of five executives accused of using cheap industrial silicone to fill tens of thousands of implants around the world.

Jean-Claude Mas, who founded and ran implant-maker Poly Implant Prothese, is among those on trial beginning Wednesday in the southern city of Marseille. The now-defunct company had claimed exports to more than 60 countries and was one of the world’s leading implant makers.

The implants, which officials say are prone to rupture and leaking, were not sold in the United States, but more than 125,000 women received them until sales ended in March 2010.

Associated Press