Paris police are rooting out shady businesses illegally selling medical masks in the French capital, as officials scour the globe for more supplies to fight coronavirus.
Authorities arrested a man last week after discovering 23,000 protective face shields in a truck in a chic neighborhood in western Paris. The man — who had a stack of cash in his nearby apartment — admitted he intended to sell them, according to Radio France Internationale.
The bust is the largest illegal supply-selling operation French authorities have uncovered to date. Four days earlier, on March 18, police confiscated 16,000 masks and 250 bottles of fake hand sanitizer.
In other stings, cops discovered 15,000 masks hidden at a natural foods market, according to the French newspaper Le Monde, and 20,000 at a tourist agency in southern Paris.
The confiscations come as medical professionals in the country are using 40 million masks per week, according to officials, and are expected to run out in three weeks.
Health Minister Olivier Veran said Saturday he has ordered more than 1 billion masks, mostly from China.
With Post wires