Founder of faulty breast implants firm jailed

Four other former executives of the now-defunct Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) were also convicted over the scandal in which women in 65 countries, including Australia, receive the faulty implants.

PIP was revealed two years ago to have been systematically using industrial-grade rather than medically-approved silicone in its breast implants in order to cut costs and boost profits.

The court sentenced PIP founder Jean-Claude Mas to four years in prison, fined him $113,000 and banned him permanently from working in medical services or running a company.

The 74-year-old, who says he is insolvent, was also ordered to compensate more than 4000 plaintiffs up to $19,600 each for the anxiety he had caused them and, in some cases, the physical trauma of having the implants removed.

Mas, who was dubbed "the sorcerer's apprentice of implants" by prosecutors, did not react as the verdict was read out in court.

His lawyer, Yves Haddad,