|Nabbed...Jean-Claude Mas, former head of the now defunct|
breast implant manufacturer Poly Implant Prothese
Police in France have arrested the former head of a company at the centre of a breast implant scandal affecting tens of thousands of women worldwide.
Jean-Claude Mas, who ran the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese, was detained at his home in the Mediterranean coastal town of Six Fours Les Plages shortly before dawn Friday.
A police search of the residence was under way, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is officially in the hands of judicial investigators.
The implants were pulled from the market in several countries in and beyond Europe amid fears they could rupture and leak silicone into the body.
Authorities worldwide have been scrambling to strike a proper public response to the scandal - notably about who will pay to remove the implants made with cheap, industrial-grade silicone instead of medical-grade gel, or if the implants need to invariably come out.