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France: Protesters demand truth about Rouen chemical factory fire

France, Rouen
October 02, 2019 at 02:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of protesters were joined by labour union members, NGO representatives and activists as they took to the streets of Rouen on Tuesday to demand the truth about the fire that broke out at the Lubrizol chemical factory last Thursday.

Protesters can be seen marching through Rouen, carrying placards and banners.

Corinne, one of the protesters, explained her reasons for attended the march, saying "I’m here to know the truth, to know which products we are breathing, to know why they didn’t close the schools before knowing all the results. We want to know all the consequences on our health and on the animals, on the agriculture, it’s important as well. We’re waiting for true answers."

"We’re afraid that other old factories could explode somewhere else. For future generations, for the planet, nowadays ecology is so important," said Mary Angie, another protester.

Last Thursday, a fire erupted at a Lubrizol facility, causing a massive blaze and sending black smoke billowing into the sky over Rouen. Pierre-Andre Durand, the prefect of department of Seine-Maritime where Rouen is located, assured locals that tests found no harmful toxins in the water or air of the city and that people could live as normal, despite ordering the closure of schools.

Later, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn reported said she could not guarantee there was no danger caused by pollutants emitted from the fire, with the contradiction causing outrage among locals.

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Hundreds of protesters were joined by labour union members, NGO representatives and activists as they took to the streets of Rouen on Tuesday to demand the truth about the fire that broke out at the Lubrizol chemical factory last Thursday.

Protesters can be seen marching through Rouen, carrying placards and banners.

Corinne, one of the protesters, explained her reasons for attended the march, saying "I’m here to know the truth, to know which products we are breathing, to know why they didn’t close the schools before knowing all the results. We want to know all the consequences on our health and on the animals, on the agriculture, it’s important as well. We’re waiting for true answers."

"We’re afraid that other old factories could explode somewhere else. For future generations, for the planet, nowadays ecology is so important," said Mary Angie, another protester.

Last Thursday, a fire erupted at a Lubrizol facility, causing a massive blaze and sending black smoke billowing into the sky over Rouen. Pierre-Andre Durand, the prefect of department of Seine-Maritime where Rouen is located, assured locals that tests found no harmful toxins in the water or air of the city and that people could live as normal, despite ordering the closure of schools.

Later, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn reported said she could not guarantee there was no danger caused by pollutants emitted from the fire, with the contradiction causing outrage among locals.

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