French court upholds Total liability in oil spill
PARIS (AP) — France's highest appeals court has upheld a ruling that found petroleum company Total SA criminally responsible for a 1999 oil spill that blackened much of France's Atlantic coastline.
Upholding the 2010 ruling, the court blamed Total for "maritime pollution" on Tuesday and ordered it to pay a euro375,000 fine after it shipped fuel in a rusty tanker that broke apart in rough seas and caused France's worst oil spill, the Sipa news agency says.
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