The lawyer for the 17 victims said they each got at least €4,000 from a government fund, with total awards ranging between €5,000 to €40,000.
They are the first group of a total of 85 former patients targeted by Jacobus van Nierop, dubbed the “dentist of horror”, who was based in Chateau-Chinon.
Of those victims, a court in nearby Nevers deemed 45 of them to have been “mutilated”.
Van Nierop was jailed for eight years in April after being found guilty of removing healthy teeth and leaving dozens of patients with injuries including broken jaws, abscesses and septicaemia.
He was also convicted of fraud over claims he tried to rip off patients and insurance companies.
Van Nierop, who claimed he suffered from “psychological problems” and had suicidal tendencies, was banned from practising and fined €10,500.
The victims were unable to lodge claims with Van Nierop’s insurer after a court ruling allowed it to cancel his contract because he had covered up prior run-ins with the Dutch dental association.
Van Nierop was hired by a head-hunter and was initially welcomed by locals when he arrived in their area in 2008.
But by 2011, patients were starting to compare notes on his dentistry and some of his accounting practices were beginning to raise suspicions.
One of his patients, 65-year-old Sylviane Boulesteix, told the court she saw Van Nierop in March 2012 to have braces fitted.
She said: “He gave me seven or eight injections, and pulled out eight teeth in one go. I was gushing blood for three days.”
Another man had 13 healthy teeth treated and ended up with a growth that deformed his face.
Van Nierop was arrested in June 2013, but fled France while awaiting trial.
He was later tracked down to a town in Canada, arrested and extradited first to the Netherlands and then to France.
Around 120 former patients joined a victims’ group set up in early 2013.
The next batch of compensation awards for 10 more victims will be decided in October.
News Source SkyNews