Air France pays damages for serving passenger ‘poisoned coffee’

Air France said it was ‘disappointed’ with the ruling and may appeal.

Air France has been ordered to pay €146,000 (£120,000) damages for serving a passenger with coffee he claims was poisoned with drain cleaner.

Marc-Fredaine Niazaire was taken ill on a domestic flight from Bordeaux to Paris in 2006 and was admitted to hospital after landing.

He underwent surgery for a problem with his oesophagus and sued Air France for allegedly poisoning him with a toxic liquid used to clear drains.

A French court ordered the airline on Friday to pay €46,000 (£38,000) to the man and €100,000 (£82,000) to his medical insurance company that had been paying for his treatment.

According to the court ruling: “The symptoms arose at the same time as Mr Niazaire ingested a coffee and biscuit. They appeared suddenly.” It added that Mr Niazaire had never previously been treated for stomach problems.

Air France said it was ‘disappointed’ with the ruling and may appeal.

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