French police seize 14,000 face masks bound for black market

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French police have seized 140,000 face masks intended for the black market in a record haul since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the largest seizure since the French government banned the resale of protective masks to prioritize their distribution to health workers in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic. Two individuals were arrested while they were unloading boxes in Saint-Denis, just north of Paris, a police source said on Sunday. 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 euros ($87,000). The masks were to be sold to construction workers for a large profit, according to police.

bound – going or ready to go towards a specified place.

seized – take forcible possession of.

black market – an illegal traffic or trade in officially controlled or scarce commodities.

haul – a quantity of something that has been stolen or is possessed illegally.

seizure – the action of capturing someone or something using force.

banned – officially or legally prohibit (something).

unloading – remove goods from (a vehicle, ship, container, etc.).

owner – a person who owns something.

construction workers – A construction worker is a manual laborer employed in the physical construction of the built environment and its infrastructure.


La polizia francese ha sequestrato 140.000 maschere facciali destinate al mercato nero in un bottino da record dall’inizio della pandemia di coronavirus. Si tratta del sequestro più grande da quando il governo francese ha vietato la rivendita di maschere protettive per dare priorità alla loro distribuzione agli operatori sanitari nella lotta contro la pandemia COVID-19. Due individui sono stati arrestati mentre stavano scaricando scatole a Saint-Denis, a nord di Parigi, secondo una fonte della polizia, domenica scorsa. Uno di loro ha detto di essere un imprenditore e di aver comprato le maschere, tra cui 5.000 maschere FFP2 ad alta protezione, nei Paesi Bassi per un totale di 80.000 euro (87.000 dollari). Secondo la polizia, le maschere dovevano essere vendute agli operai edili per un grande profitto.

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