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A consignment of 4 million masks, made in Sweden, were in transit in Lyon on the 4th of March, destination Spain and Italy.

They were "requisitioned" -- i.e. stolen -- by order of the French government.

Apparently half of them have since been sent on to the original destination. No information has been released about any ransom demand or payment.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Apr 2nd, 2020 at 03:13:46 PM EST
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France might have gotten a taste of its own medicine:

Face masks from China intended for France 'hijacked' by US at the last minute - RFI

Coronavirus masks that France ordered from China were bought at the last minute by the United States as they waited to be loaded onto cargo planes, French officials have said.

"Americans pay three or four times the amount we pay, and in cash," said Jean Rottner, head of France's eastern region, one of the areas worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports by France Info.

On Thursday, a planeload of Chinese-made face masks were bought up right on the tarmac just as the much needed protective gear was about to set off for France.

"We're working around the clock to ensure these masks arrive," says Rottner, blaming unfair competition for delays.

The United States, which now has the highest number of known cases of coronavirus in the world, is trying to procure any masks available, disrupting deliveries to other nations, another report by French daily Liberation indicated.

by Bernard on Thu Apr 2nd, 2020 at 05:46:44 PM EST
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