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Tonnes of Fish Dead in French River; Complaint Against Nestlé

Tonnes of Fish Dead in French River; Complaint of  French fishing federation Against Nestlé

The head of a French fishing federation has lodged a complaint against global food conglomerate Nestlé, after thousands of fish were found dead in a river in north-eastern France.

Several tonnes of dead fish were reported in the Aisne river at the weekend, close to a Nestlé factory.

"We have lodged a complaint against Nestlé France for pollution and violation of article 432.2 of the environmental code," said Michel Adam, president of the Ardennes Fishing Federation.

The deaths were due to a decrease in oxygen levels in the water, the local prefecture said on Tuesday.

Tests are being carried out to determine the origin of the pollution.

The dead fish were found near Challerange, 50km (31 miles) from Reims, the prefecture said in a statement.

The damage amounts to "several thousand euros", he added. "Everything died in an area seven kilometres (4.3 miles) long and 30 metres wide."

"We have already recovered three tonnes of dead fish. But there are still some left. Some 14 species have been affected, including protected species such as eels and lamprey.

"I have been with the federation for 40 years, I have never seen pollution of this magnitude," he added.

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