23 Dec '11, 1am

Founder of French firm at centre of international breast implant scare used to be a butcher, says surgeon

Founder of French firm at centre of international breast implant scare used to be a butcher, says surgeon

French Doctor Denis Boucq shows a breast implant produced by PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) company after a surgical operation on Dec 21, 2011 in Nice, southeastern France. PARIS (REUTERS) - The founder of a French firm at the centre of an international breast implants scare is a former butcher who sought to corner the lucrative cosmetic surgery market with aggressive pricing, according to one plastic surgeon who knew him. Mr Jean-Claude Mas, who started the now defunct Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) in 1991 in the Mediterranean town of La Seyne-Sur-Mer, has disappeared from public view as anxiety about the potential health effects of his implant products has spread around the globe. Up to 90 per cent of PIP's sales went abroad, mostly to Latin America and Western Europe. A lawyer for the septuagenarian Mas was not immediately available for comment. 'No-one knows where he is. He...

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