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France PIP
01/26/2012
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AP-APTN-2230: France PIP Thursday, 26 January 2012 STORY:France PIP- Ex-head of French breast implant maker arrested LENGTH: 02:26 FIRST RUN: 1630 RESTRICTIONS: Part No Access France TYPE: Natsound SOURCE: INTERPOL/M6 STORY NUMBER: 725171 DATELINE: Six Fours Les Plages - 26 Jan 2012 LENGTH: 02:26 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY M6 - NO ACCESS FRANCE INTERPOL - AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: M6 - NO ACCESS FRANCE Six Fours Les Plages - 26 January, 2012 1. Grey Peugot van believed to be carrying Jean-Claude Mas being escorted by another police car 2. Van leaving the neighbourhood of Mas' residence with police escort and journalists filming M6 - NO ACCESS FRANCE Marseilles - 26 January, 2012 3. Grey van arrives at a Marseilles police station 4. Tight shot of police station sign M6 - NO ACCESS FRANCE Six Fours Les Plages - 26 January, 2012 5. Various of Mas' residence and police 6. Arrival of Yves Haddad, Mas' lawyer at the house 7. SOUNDBITE (FRENCH) Yves Haddad, Mas' lawyer: "Everything's going fine. This conforms to procedure. There's nothing extraordinary. Stop looking for the scoop. He's fine, he's with the gendarmes who are doing their job." INTERPOL - AP CLIENTS ONLY FILE: Costa Rica - 2010 8. Image of Mas, made available by Interpol, showing him after he was arrested on a drink-driving offence AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY FILE: Nice - Recent 8. Various of the PIP silicone implants STORYLINE: The former head of a French company at the centre of a breast implant scandal affecting tens of thousands of women worldwide was arrested along with his former deputy on Thursday in southeast France, officials said. Jean-Claude Mas, who founded and ran the now-defunct implant maker Poly Implant Prothese, was detained as part of a judicial investigation in the southeastern city of Marseille into manslaughter and involuntary injuries, an official said. A regional official said the company's former No. 2 executive, Claude Couty, was also detained. The arrest before dawn at a family residence in the Mediterranean resort town of Six Fours Les Plages culminates weeks of speculation about whether judicial investigators would be able to assemble enough evidence to detain Mas on legal grounds. Mas, 72, had been believed to be residing in the home. So far no specific defendant has been named, but an official with knowledge of the probe said Mas was expected to face preliminary charges after appear before an investigating judge in Marseille later on Thursday. The three officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is in the hands of judicial investigators. His defence lawyer Yves Haddad said Mas was "fine". "He's with the gendarmes who are doing their job," Haddad said. Investigating judge Annaick Le Goff opened the probe after a woman in the southwestern Gers region filed a lawsuit in the wake of the 2010 death from cancer of her daughter who had received a suspect implant. Since then, a complaint by the sister of Marseille resident Edwige Ligoneches, a breast implant recipient who died in November of complications from lymphoma, has since been included in the case file, along with as many as 3,000 other complaints by other alleged victims. The suspect PIP implants have been removed from the marketplace in several countries in and beyond Europe amid fears that they could rupture and leak silicone into the body. Mas had run PIP until the company was closed in March 2010. Mas is also on Interpol's most-wanted list, but the international police agency said its "red notice" was issued in June at the request of Costa Rica, where he faces a drunken driving charge. 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