French Supreme Court Overturns Dismissal of Complicity for Crimes against Humanity against Lafarge in Syria

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Saturday, September 11, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
9
Abstract: 

On September 7, 2021, the French Supreme Court (Court of Cassation) overturned the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal, dismissing a charge of complicity in crimes against humanity against Lafarge, now part of Switzerland-listed Holcim.  After an internal investigation, Lafarge admitted that its Syrian subsidiary paid armed groups to protect its workers at its Syrian plant.