Infected blood

Infected blood scandal (France)

Frances's Infected blood scandal began in April 1991 when doctor and journalist Anne-Marie Casteret published an article in the weekly magazine the Event of Thursday proving that the Centre National de Transfusion Sanguine knowingly distributed blood products contaminated with AIDS to haemophiliacs in 1984 and 1985.

In 1992, Anne-Marie Casteret published a book the business of blood which refuted the argument that nobody was aware in 1985 that the heating of blood made the virus inactive. The book included evidence that as early as 1983, researchers had put forth this assumption.

In 1999, the former socialist Prime Minister Laurent Fabius, former Social Affairs Minister Georgina Dufoix and former Health Minister Edmond Herve were charged with "manslaughter". The Court of Justice of Republic found Edmond Herve guilty, and acquitted the other two men.

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