Health
2020-04-26T15:34:39+00:00

French police seize 140,000 face masks destined for sale on the black market.

French police seize 140,000 face masks destined for sale on the black market.
A surgical mask (left) and an FFP1 mask (right) often used to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Credit: Nursetoghether.com (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

French police officers say they caught a businessman unloading 140,000 face masks from a lorry into a house in St Denis, north of Paris.

The seized masks included 5,000 FFP2 masks for use with coronavirus patients and a big number of surgical masks.

Police arrested the suspected seller, a 60-year-old man who had bought the masks in the Netherlands. A second suspect was a 46-year-old who was allegedly about to buy some of the stock to sell on.

Last month, France requisitioned all stocks and production of face masks to equip health workers.

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