By Damon Mitchell • 27 April 2020 • 9:58
POLICE in France have seized 140,000 face masks intended to be sold on the black market in a record haul since the French government banned the resale of protective masks to prioritise their distribution to health workers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Two individuals were arrested while they were unloading boxes in Saint-Denis, just north of Paris, on Saturday.
One of them said he was a business owner and had bought the masks, including 5,000 high protection FFP2 masks, in the Netherlands for a total of €80,000.
According to police, the masks were to be sold to construction workers for a large profit.
In March, 32,500 masks from China were seized from a warehouse near Paris and 28,800 masks were discovered in a shop in a district of Chinese wholesalers, also in the Paris region.
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