top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Crematoriums in France sell on IUDs and gold teeth

Gold teeth, IUDs and prostheses which do not burn during the cremation process are often re-sold by French crematoriums without the deceased’s family being informed.

This “million-euro business” has been denounced by watchdog and magazine 60 millions de consommateurs.

Deputy editor Christelle Pangrazzi said: “Most of the crematoriums get the benefits of this. It’s a real ethical issue.” A ton of metal represents around €60,000 when  sold on to the car or aviation industry.

A 20% commission is given to intermediary firms which sell the metal but families do not receive any and there is no legal requirement to inform them. Sometimes money is donated to help low-income families pay for funerals.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France