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Implants: France recommends removal but UK does not

23 December 2011 Last updated at 05:39 GMT

The French authorities have recommended that 30,000 women have faulty breast implants removed as a precaution. The government, which says there is no evidence of a cancer link, will cover the cost.

The implants by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) were banned last year after they were found to contain a non-medical grade silicone filler.

The UK government ruled out routine removal, saying there was "no evidence" of a safety concern. It is thought some 40,000 British women have the implants.

Fergus Walsh reports.