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In Mayenne, a mother with two tumours denounces the use of pesticides eight metres from her home

No less than 15 toxic substances were found in a strand of her hair, according to the France 3 investigation broadcast on Wednesday.

Clément Rossignol Puech, François Villerette, President of Générations Futures and Franck Dubourdieu, member of the association of doctors against pesticides
Clément Rossignol Puech (centre) with François Villerette, president of Générations Futures (left) and Franck Dubourdieu, member of the association of doctors against pesticides (right) © Radio France - Bastien Deceuninck

The results are chilling. Clément Rossignol Puech details the list of products found in his body from the analysis of one of his hair strands: pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, endocrine disruptors. Two substances are even currently banned in Europe.

These results do not surprise the mayor of Bègles. "I have been an environmental activist for a long time and a scientist by training, so I expected these results. "

Products that are ubiquitous in our environment

Among the products that are authorised but present in excessive quantities is tri-isobutyl phosphate. A molecule present everywhere around us. "It is a flame retardant found in furniture fabrics, in cleaning products for the kitchen, in glues or paints" explains Franck Dubourdieu of the association of doctors against pesticides.

A presence that worries Clément Rossignol Puech all the more because the mayor only buys organic cleaning products... So can we really avoid any contamination? "We can choose to eat organic food, but the air we breathe is the same for everyone," says François Villerette, president of the association Générations Futures. "The solutions are not only individual, but we also need answers in terms of society to stop dumping pollutants into the environment, the danger of which we know. "

The mayor of Bègles should soon take a new sample, this time to look for metals such as mercury or lead.