India’s Supreme Court has ordered a new panel of experts to look into whether a former French warship should be allowed into the country to be dismantled. Once the pride of the French navy, the Clemenceau left France in December heading for Alang on the coast of Gujarat in western India.
But the environmental group Greenpeace says the ship should not be allowed to dock because it allegedly contains hundreds of tonnes of toxic material that could damage workers’ health. French officials deny this and say they have removed most of the ship’s dangerous asbestos. The French ambassador to India has also said Paris would take back any toxic waste removed from the Clemenceau.
The Supreme Court has also imposed a ban on demonstrations pending the panel’s verdict due on Friday.