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Toulouse factory blast: French director jailed for manslaughter


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Toulouse factory blast: French director jailed for manslaughter

The former director of a French fertiliser factory where an explosion killed 31 people has been sentenced to a year in jail for manslaughter.

More than 2,500 were injured in the blast which happened in the southern city of Toulouse in September 2001.

The factory’s ex-director Serge Biechlin was also fined 45,000 euros.

Factory owners AZF, which is a subsidary of oil giant Total, has been fined 225,000 euros.

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