Marine Richard has managed to score £500 a month in disability allowance from French courts after claiming that she was ‘allergic to Wi-Fi’.
She claimed that she suffers from electromagnetic sensitivity and sufferers say that exposure to mobile phones, Wi-Fi and televisions cause extreme discomfort.
French courts have refused so far to pay disability benefits to people who suffer from electromagnetic sensitivity, so after winning the case, Mariane Richard said that her win was a ‘breakthrough’.
Her lawyer agreed and told The Times that her win set a legal precedent for “thousands of people”.
Ms. Richard, according to her lawyers, has been living in a barn in the countryside because she cannot stand exposure to Wi-Fi.
The World Health Organisation says that electromagnetic sensitivity is “characterized by a range of non-specific symptoms that lack apparent toxicological or physiological basis or independent verification.”
It also reported that tests for electromagnetic sensitivity had been unsuccessful, as people who claimed to suffer from the condition were unable to detect electromagnetic fields any more than people who weren’t suffering from the condition.