INVESTIGATION – Despite political rhetoric extolling national preference, the masks ordered by the public sector mainly come from abroad.
It’s a story the state would have done well. At the end of 2020, 60 million textile masks, ordered by Bercy through a call for tenders to equip civil servants, including gendarmes and teachers, had to be withdrawn from the market. According to our information, these masks had been manufactured in the factories of the Dim brand in Vietnam and purchased 3 euros each by the Ministry of the Economy.
«These consumer washable masks contained a heavy metal, suspected of being toxic», Explains a person close to the file at Figaro. During a public hearing at the Paris administrative court on January 27, Didier Lafaye, head of the central administration’s mutualized purchasing office, explained that they had been withdrawn from the market “in application of the precautionary principle».
«The Ministry of National Education has put pressure to have them withdrawn», Explains this source. The buyer indicated that Bercy had for its part launched a work of analyzes of the masks
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