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A forties suspected of having sold thousands of liters of glyphosate to individuals on the Internet was indicted Thursday, December 22, 2022 in Tours (Indre-et-Loire). The suspect, who recognized his involvement in the case, will be tried in May 2023.

A 44-year-old man was indicted Thursday, December 22, 2022 in Tours (Indre-et-Loire). He is suspected of having sold thousands of liters of glyphosate on the Internet to individuals, a practice prohibited since 2019 in France, the Tours prosecutor's office said.

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The suspect, domiciled in the Gard but residing mainly in Thailand, will be tried on May 23, 2023 before the criminal court. He will have to answer for "facts of placing on plant protection products that do not benefit from a marketing authorization" and "deception on a merchandise resulting in the health of the human or the animal" .

A profit of € 170,000 for suspect

The investigation allowed the authorities to discover that more than 30,000 liters of glyphosate had been sold online since January 2020, for a value of more than € 592,000. Customers were in Indre-et-Loire, Loiret and Loir-et-Cher. No information on the risks inherent in these products was communicated to buyers.

The benefit affected by the suspect was estimated at nearly € 170,000. The man, in the virgin criminal record, was placed in police custody earlier this week. It has since been placed under judicial supervision and has recognized "its involvement in the allegedly allegedly" , according to the press release from the Public Prosecutor of Tours.

The glyphosate is prohibited for sale for individuals but the authorization granted to farmers for this pesticide short until the end of 2022 and will probably be extended by one year . Emmanuel Macron had promised at the end of 2017 that glyphosate would be prohibited in France "at the latest in three years" , before retracting.

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