Two French manufacturers of breast implants are offering discounts to women who have received faulty implants from scandal-hit rival PIP.

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Rival implant makers offer boob job discounts

Two French manufacturers of breast implants are offering discounts to women who have received faulty implants from scandal-hit rival PIP.

Rival implant makers offer boob job discounts
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January sales in France kicked off on Wednesday with an unusual discount for women who have received faulty breast implants from defunct French manufacturer PIP. Rivals Sebbin and Cereplas are offering replacements at a knock-down rate.

Sebbin is offering to halve the price of implants for women who can prove they have received PIP implants, which have been shown to rupture more easily and are suspected of causing cancer. 

PIP was closed down by health authorities last year after they discovered the company was using non-medical silicone gel in implants which were twice as likely to rupture as other products in the same category.

The president of Sebbin, Olivier Pérusseau, says he is offering the discounts to show his solidarity with the victims of PIP implants. “We have a duty to show our support of women who suffered such as massive fraud,” he told weekly L’Express. 

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France brings in free contraception for all women aged 18-25

Free birth control for all women under 25 will be available in France from Saturday, expanding a scheme targeting under-18s to ensure young women don't stop taking contraception because they cannot afford it.

France brings in free contraception for all women aged 18-25
A doctor holds an interuterine contraceptive device (IUD) before inserting it in a patient. Photo: Adek Berry/AFP

The scheme, which could benefit three million women, covers the pill, IUDs, contraceptive patches and other methods composed of steroid hormones. Contraception for minors was already free in France.

Several European countries, including Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, make contraception free for teens. Britain makes several forms of contraception free to all.

France announced the extension to women under 25 in September, saying surveys showed a decline in the use of contraception mainly for financial reasons.

The move is part of a series of measures taken by President Emmanuel Macron’s government to boost women’s rights and alleviate youth poverty. The free provision is supported by women’s groups including the association En Avant Tous.

“Between 18 and 25-years-old, women are very vulnerable because they lose a lot of rights compared to when they were minors and are very precarious economically,” spokeswoman Louise Delavier told AFP.

Leslie Fonquerne, an expert in gender issues, said there was more to be done.

“This measure in no way resolves the imbalance in the contraceptive burden between women and men,” the sociologist said.

In some developed countries, the free contraception won by women after decades of campaigning is coming under attack again from the religious right.

In the United States, former president Barack Obama’s signature health reform, known as Obamacare, gave most people with health insurance free access to birth control.

But his successor Donald Trump scrapped the measure, allowing employers to opt out of providing contraception coverage on religious grounds — a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in 2020.

Poland’s conservative government has also heavily restricted access to emergency contraception as part of its war on birth control.

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