US firm Monsanto ‘guilty’ in France poisoning case

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Correspondents say the case could influence rulings in other countries on the use of pesticides. Monsanto says it will appeal against Monday’s verdict by a court in Lyon. Paul Francois, 47, suffered from dizziness, headaches and other problems after examining a sprayer in 2004 which contained Lasso, a product now banned. The court linked Lasso directly to the farmer’s illness. It ordered a report on his condition, to establish the amount of compensation Monsanto would have to pay him. Mr Francois, a cereal farmer from the Charente region in south-west France, had to stop work for a year.

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