Jean-Claude Mas
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PIP founder arrested in France over silicon breast implants

The owner of a French breast implant company at the centre of a safety scare has been arrested in southern France.

Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) founder Jean-Claude Mas, 72, was held at his home in Six-Fours-les-Plages, police sources told reporters.

In 2010, France banned PIP implants made with the low-grade industrial silicone, amid fears they could rupture and leak.

Up to 400,000 women in 65 countries are believed to have been given implants.

Christian Fraser reports.

  • 26 Jan 2012
  • From the section Europe