Report: Cape Must Pay! protest at Rugby World Cup in Paris

On Friday 8th September, Cape Must Pay! protesters gathered at the Stade de France in Paris, where France were playing New Zealand in the rugby world cup. We are asking both teams to reconsider their sponsorship deals with Altrad, the owners of former asbestos manufacturer Cape.

Documents obtained after a lengthy court battle show that Cape hid the true dangers of its asbestos products in the 1960s and 1970s. Many died as a result. Altrad has a moral obligation to put right some of the wrong that has been done.

For more than a year now, we have been asking Altrad to donate £10 million to mesothelioma research. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer caused by asbestos. Thousands still die from this under-researched disease every year, and many of them were exposed to asbestos dust from Cape’s products.

To hear more about the campaign, and to read the documents, click here.

A press conference was held at 6pm at the ANDEVA office in Vincennes. Video clips, in both French & English, can be found here:

What did Cape do wrong?

What has been the impact of what Cape did?

Can mesothelioma ever be cured?

Why should the French public care about this UK campaign?

If Altrad were here, what would you say to them?