French police arrest PIP implant boss Mas: source

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Posted: Jan 26, 2012 2:18 AM

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Police arrested Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of the French company at the heart of an international health scandal, at his home in southern France on Thursday, a police source told Reuters.

A second executive from Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) was also detained, the source said.

PIP closed down in March 2010 after regulators discovered it was using a non-medical grade silicon in its implants, and the French government has advised women with PIP implants to have them removed.

(Reporting by Jean-Francois Rosnoblet; Editing by Louise Ireland)