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.