Toxic Trade News / 15 February 2006
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France recalls Clemenceau
by (India)
15 February 2006 (Paris) – France's highest court, the State Council, has ordered Paris to suspend the transfer of the decommissioned warship Clemenceau to India.

The ruling was issued in response to complaints by Greenpeace and three anti-asbestos groups.

The petitioners have been fighting to block the asbestos-laden ship's transfer to Alang in Gujarat as a potential environmental hazard.

The warship has been waiting in the Indian Ocean for several weeks pending a Supreme Court decision to allow it into India. The ship was supposed to be dismantled at Alang and then sold as scrap.

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