Court case against the use of the pesticide 'chlordécone' in the French Antilles

In 2006, a group of environmental and ecological associations brought a court case against State-funded banana producers in the Antilles (dominated by the béké population) for their use of the harmful pesticide, chlordécone, between 1972 and 1993. Despite bans in other countries, such as the USA, the French government authorized the use of this pesticide in Martinique and Guadeloupe.