French Court orders the removal of smart meters for health reasons

A French court has ordered the removal of the controversial Linky electricity smart meters from 13 homes, for medical reasons.

The tribunal de grande instance (TGI or the civil court) of Tours considered the case of 121 “anti-Linky” complainants, and threw out 108 of the claims. The remaining 13 were accepted, with the court conceding a possible link between their medical complaints and their Linky smart meters.

One included a seven-year-old child living in Tours, who was – the court said – in “a state of chronic fatigue” and having “difficulty sleeping”, as proven in a medical note, “which could be linked to the Linky meter”.

The court demanded that in the case of these 13 individuals, the Linky [smart] meter be removed, and the households be delivered electricity without the device.

Lawyer for the complainants, Arnaud Durand, said that he would push for compensation for “the people who will not be able to live at home”.

In June 2017, medical safety agency L’Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire (Anses) concluded that the meters could be linked to some “health doubts” – including the possible consequences of exposure to electromagnetic fields.

These have not yet been resolved, according to Me Durand.

He is now hoping to bring more cases against the installation of the Linky meter throughout France.

The country has already seen 22 cases brought to court, including in Rennes, Toulouse, and Bordeaux. Most claims were thrown out, except for a few complainants who cited “electro-sensitivity” to the meters.

More than 700 communes have come out against the Linky so far.

In February this year, a court ruled that a village had the right to say no to them, and residents of the town of Blagnac (Occitanie) were given legal permission to refuse for Enedis to collect any information from their Linky, or for an engineer to enter their property.

Abridged from The Connexion: French news and views

 

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6 Responses to French Court orders the removal of smart meters for health reasons

  1. Anonymous says:

    thumbs up !

  2. Sue says:

    Can anyone tell me, does this apply to any smart metre or just the one mentioned in the article? Mine was put in by british gas.

  3. dana says:

    Arnaud Durand, what a hero! Thankyou for giving up your time to fight for others. Thanks to the judge also for protecting the people.

  4. eremophila says:

    Another positive step in human rights.

    • Brigitte says:

      I agree. But nobody should be forced to be exposed to radiation emitted by smart meters, not even by neighbors’ smart meters (for instance in an apartment building).

  5. Knut says:

    Good👍

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