Tuesday, 10 April 2018
FRANCE: Smart meter legal threat from ex-Environment Minister
On 6th April 2018, La Croix reported that the former French Environment Minister, Corinne Lepage, is calling on the current French Environment Minister and the Health Minister to suspend the roll-out of 'Linky' smart meters, as many people have claimed that these meters are adversely affecting their health.
The Connexion France reported that:
'...She (Corinne Lepage) has called for scientific studies "to assess the health effects of these meters".
"If the government does not react within two months, we will launch a class action against the State in the tribunal administratif on behalf of the mayors and citizens opposed to Linky," Ms Lepage told Le Parisien.
The threat of legal action comes on top of another court case. A lawyer is due to file a summary judgment on June 5 with 11 regional courts on behalf of 3,000 householders who want the meter withdrawn or who refuse to have one fitted at their homes.
Meanwhile, an email calling for the suspension of the Linky programme, signed by 92 associations, was sent to MPs...'
According to Le Parisien:
'...It's a reputed smart box that gives headaches to hundreds of customers. Dizziness, feeling tired, palpitations, insomnia ... just type Linky on the Internet to appear plethora of user testimonials who claim to be victims of electromagnetic waves emitted by the new green electricity meter Enedis.
Expected to gradually replace our old devices, it currently equips ten million homes. But more and more municipalities and collectives of citizens, worried about the health effects of this meter, now oppose its installation...'
La Croix notes that:
'...Corinne Lepage, claims to have received the support of several municipalities, including Bondy (Seine-Saint-Denis), associations and citizens, as the MEP Michèle Rivasi ecologist.
According to her, the distribution network operator has already accepted that the deployment will be delayed in certain municipalities. He would also have committed not to put the meter in the people who do not want it. The lawyer believes that in the name of " the right to property and equality before the public office ", Enedis must do the same throughout France.
In case of rejection of the request, or after two months of silence from the public authorities, Corinne Lepage threat to seize the administrative court. This procedure would be in addition to the collective action brought by lawyers, who claim that they have already met 3,031 complainants. "We will launch on June 5 an assignment of Enedis to appear in summary in eleven courts," says lawyer Arnaud Durand, who plans to reach by then the 5,000 applicants...'
According to Landis + Gyr, manufacturers of the Linky, 'The meter is based on PLC (Power Line Communication) technology', which means that the readings (data) from the meter are sent to the utility company over existing electrical wiring and power lines.
The EI Wellspring website documents some of the health issues related to this technology here:
Below is some of the media coverage of the ultimatum given by Corinne Lepage to the French Government ministers.
La Croix - Corinne Lepage réclame la suspension de Linky, 6th April 2018
Le Parisien - Ces citoyens qui veulent la peau du compteur électrique Linky, 8th April 2018
Original in French:
The Connexion France - Ex-minister demands halt to Linky meter rollout, 9th April 2018
Le Figaro - Compteurs Linky : Corinne Lepage saisit l'État et demande leur suspension, 9th April 2018
Original in French: