A MUM with the faulty PIP breast implants has spoken of her delight that the owner of a French company is facing charges of “involuntary injury”.
Jean-Claude Mas, 72, who ran the now-defunct company, was arrested at his home in Southern France as the fall-out from the worldwide scandal continued to unfold.
Mas has now been released on bail of 100,000 Euros as thousands of women continue to come to terms with the fact that low-grade industrial silicone was used in their implants.
Michelle Hudson, 34, from Ford Estate, who is one of the many women across Wearside that has been affected by the scandal, has welcomed the news.
Michelle said: “It is important that we find someone responsible for what happened and that they face some kind of criminal proceedings.
“Everyone at the support group is really excited and we are hoping now that things can move on.
“We have really been in limbo for a while but this is a small victory for us all.
“It is not like it only affected a few people but what happened has affected 45,000 women in England alone and that is not counting all the other women around the world.”
In 2010, France banned the implants amid fears they could rupture and leak and it is believed up to 400,000 women in 65 countries have been given them.
Authorities worldwide have been scrambling to strike a proper public response to the scandal - notably about who will pay to remove the implants.
Michelle, of Front Road, has turned to private hospital Spire, in Washington, for help with her problems after the hospital offered its patients free removal and replacement surgery.
She is due to have the implants removed next month.
A second PIP executive, former chief financial officer Claude Couty, was also arrested.