Air France fined 146,000 euros for 'poisoned' coffee

Jan 13, 2012

A French court on Friday ordered Air France to pay 146,000 euros (186,000 dollars) to compensate a passenger who said he was served poisoned coffee on a domestic flight in 2006.

The court ordered the carrier to pay 46,000 euros to the man and 100,000 euros to the health insurer that has been covering his costs after he said he was poisoned with drain cleaner on the Bordeaux to Paris flight.

Marc-Fredaine Niazaire was taken ill during the flight and hospitalised on landing. He was operated on for a problem with his oesophagus and sued Air France for poisoning him with a "seriously toxic liquid" used to clear drains.

A criminal enquiry concluded in 2010 that there was nothing to prosecute, after which Niazaire launched a civil case seeking 680,000 euros in damages.

"The symptoms arose at the same time as Mr Niazaire ingested a coffee and biscuit. They appeared suddenly," the court ruling said, adding that Niazaire had never previously been treated for stomach problems.

An Air France spokeswoman said the company would study the ruling and decide on whether to appeal.

Niazaire's lawyer, Didier Parr, said he was "very happy."

"The coffee cost Air France 146,000 euros. That's an expensive coffee," he said.

But he said he was disappointed by the amount of compensation, saying his client had had to undergo numerous operations, including for the reconstruction of his oesophagus.

Air France lawyer Maylis Casati-Ollier said during court hearings in November that the company had no responsibility in the case.

"Mr Niazaire drank the same water as everybody else, but he was the only person on board to get sick," she said.

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HTK
2 / 5 (4) Jan 14, 2012
This is the problem for Europe.

Companies where millions of Euros are penalized for pennies so they will do it again and again unlike america.

Truly America is the greatest nation in the world,
Modernmystic
1.4 / 5 (9) Jan 14, 2012
Are you saying this kind of thing DOESN'T happen in America?

Do you live on a planet called Earth? Round blue one...third one from it's star?
Guy_Underbridge
1 / 5 (1) Jan 14, 2012
This is the problem for Europe.
Don't you just hate when all this foreign crap winds up all over your American Internet.

http://www.satire...al.shtml
Modernmystic
1 / 5 (7) Jan 14, 2012
This is the problem for Europe.
Don't you just hate when all this foreign crap winds up all over your American Internet.

http://www.satire...al.shtml


I'm sorry but how do you get American apathy about the world from his statement? Did you actually READ what he wrote? Not a bit of apathy in it...quite the contrary in fact. He's saying (wrongly) this is how they do it in Europe and it's bad and hence NOT how we should do it...

Maybe instead of your ignorant knee jerk bigoted reaction as to how you THINK Americans are you ought to actually attempt to understand what's being said. I assume they teach reading comprehension in Europe...
Guy_Underbridge
3 / 5 (2) Jan 14, 2012
I assume they teach reading comprehension in Europe...
i dunno. they learned me about letters an such in texas
Modernmystic
1 / 5 (6) Jan 14, 2012
I assume they teach reading comprehension in Europe...
i dunno. they learned me about letters an such in texas


Touche...I'm at least reactionary too...if not bigoted.

Point still stands though.