Francois, who suffered health problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after using Monsanto’s herbicide Lasso on his field in 2004 and says the company did not provide adequate product warnings, said he was satisfied with the court’s judgment.
"David can win against Goliath… And a giant like Monsanto is not above the law," Phys.org quoted Francois as saying.
French website RFI reported that the ruling was praised by both anti-pesticide foundations and farmers, who claimed that now “their health problems could be recognized as the result of similar exposure.”
According to Francois, the afflictions he suffered as a result of Lasso inhalation prevented him of working for a period of more than a year, according to RFI.
Monsanto, for their part, is not going to give up – the company’s lawyer Jean-Daniel Bretzner claimed they would take the case to France's highest appeal court.
"The decision is very surprising given the inaccuracies and errors that dot Paul Francois' evidence," Phys.org quoted Bretzner as saying. “[T]his is just another step and the discussion is going to go on and the fight will go on."
Lasso is not the only Monsanto product deemed dangerous to humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, party of the World Health Organization, has determined the ubiquitous chemical herbicide Roundup contains components that are "probably carcinogenic to humans."
The corporation responded that those findings were “junk science.”