The repression of fraud took place within a company based in Châteauroux and specialized in the production of masks. Several sources confirm this to us. The hangar was placed under seal, it is forbidden to access it. Created in September 2020, in the midst of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, the Coveix factory was singled out for its activity and for having falsified the origin of the masks. “We received masks from China that were removed from Chinese boxes to repackage them in French boxes. It was then marked Made in France”, says Patricia Landré, who arrived at Coveix in October.
Hygiene conditions questioned by employees
The masks were then sent to customers, without further details. “Our boss told us that the Chinese masks met the standards. But he said it, we could not know”, indicates Régis Guérin, first employee of the factory, arrived in September. The quality of these fake French masks was obviously not at the rendezvous : “we had customer feedback telling us that the masks were poorly made and backwards”, adds Régis.
We felt guilty for sending such masks to people
The testimonials of Coveix employees are instructive on working conditions and hygiene. The factory also produced its own masks without being able to sell many of them. The production was done in a hangar. “There were cobwebs, the dust was passing. I thought it was going to be improved but there was never any protection. It was always a shed.”, specifies Régis Guérin. A testimony supported by other employees. “To make masks, it would have to be as clean as a hospital. There, we were very far from it. There was dust on the machines and on the masks. We were still cleaning but it was still. disgusting”, confirme Brandon Bittermann.
Since March 25, employees no longer work. They feel abandoned, with consequent delays in salaries for some. The Departmental Union of the CGT will lead a fight alongside them. A group action at the industrial tribunal is in the process of being constituted. An interview with the prefect of Indre was requested.