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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Rebukes France

STRASBOURG, France -- France was condemned by the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday for taking more than four years to settle a claim by a hemophiliac infected with AIDS through contaminated blood. The court ruled unanimously that AIDS victim Alain Vallee's rights had been violated because French authorities took an excessive length of time to compensate him. Vallee, 30, is in the terminal phase of the incurable illness. The court ordered the French state to pay Vallee 200,000 francs ($35,000) in damages and 59,300 francs in expenses, bringing the total paid out to 3.1 million francs. Vallee was infected with HIV between when French authorities knew some blood in banks was contaminated but failed to screen it.