French court dismisses case over Agent Orange use in Vietnam

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PARIS (AP) — A French court has dismissed the case of a French-Vietnamese woman who sued 14 companies that produced and sold the powerful defoliant dioxin Agent Orange, used by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War. The judicial court of Evry, a Paris suburb, ruled that the case fell outside its jurisdiction as the defendants said they acted under the constraint of  the U.S. government at wartime. Tran To Nga, a 79-year-old former journalist, told the Associated Press she will appeal the decision. Tran described in a book how she breathed Agent Orange in 1966. She filed a lawsuit in 2014 in France against firms that produced and sold the Agent Orange, including U.S. multinational companies Dow Chemical and Monsanto, now owned by German giant Bayer.

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