If convicted of negligence in this case, Lagarde could face a year in jail and a fine up to €15,000 ($20,000).
There is also the possibility of a state action against individual administrators that would charge them with negligence.
Yet no court can hold the soldiers accountable for negligence, or even get them to acknowledge their role in causing the outbreak.
mid-14c., from Old French negligence "negligence, sloth; injury, injustice" (12c.), and directly from Latin neclegentia, neglegentia "carelessness, heedlessness, neglect," from neglegentem (nominative neglegens) "heedless, careless, unconcerned," present participle of neglegere "to neglect" (see neglect (v.)).