France to investigate cause of upper limb defects in babies

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The cases concentrate in Loire-Atlantique, Ain and Brittany but no cause has been found

France’s health minister has announced a new investigation into the births of several babies with upper limb defects in various parts of the country in recent years, saying it was “unacceptable” no cause had been found.

Health minister Agnès Buzyn said she and her environment counterpart François de Rugy had decided to look more closely at what caused 14 babies to be born with stunted or missing arms since 2007, two weeks after health authorities said they had failed to find an explanation.

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