Five years in prison, three of which were closed on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Orleans against the former leader of France Éoliennes in a vast affair of fraud involving on the marketing of defective domestic wind turbines which killed 600 people. The public prosecutor Jean-Dominique Trippier, representing the public prosecutor's office, justified his request for a prison sentence that was firm and unimaginable by the existence of " a major social disorder ". He asked that this sentence be accompanied by a test consisting of the former CEO of France Éoliennes to compensate the 600 civil parties.
Defective wind turbines, customers not delivered
It also asked the court to impose a fine of 200,000 euros and a definitive ban on running any business. " You are perfectly harmful for the economic life and you must be removed definitively ", considered Jean-Dominique Trippier. " White-collar crime does not exist, you are a delinquent, just like the traffickers of narcotics ", again launched the public prosecutor, at the end of an indictment essentially targeting the former CEO of France Éoliennes. Sentences ranging from one year to six months in prison and a fine of 50,000 euros were also required against two other directors of the company.
Between 2006 and 2009, the France Éoliennes company, based in Fay- aux-Loges (Loiret), approached individuals and farmers from all over France, to convince them to install a wind turbine on their property. It soon became clear that wind turbines made in China were of poor quality. They provided a power of 3 kilowatts (kW), when France Aeolian promised 5 kW. Some customers have never been delivered. In others, the equipment, charged between 15,000 and 50,000 euros, never worked properly and sometimes proved dangerous. Created in 2006, the company was finally placed in liquidation in July 2009. It then had a liability of five million euros.