France's Top Court Upholds Convictions Over Erika Oil Spill

PARIS - France's top court Tuesday upheld energy giant Total's conviction for negligence over the 1999 shipwreck and oil spill that blackened much of the country's Atlantic coastline.

Total was found guilty of failing to address maintenance problems when it chartered a rusty 25-year-old tanker, the Erika. It broke in two and sank off the French coast, causing one of France's worst environmental disasters.

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