Lafarge, a French cement manufacturer, is facing legal action for suspicion of terrorist financing due to its operations in Syria. The French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office has prepared to take action against seven individuals from Lafarge’s management team and security department, as well as two Syrian middlemen, regarding alleged acts between 2012 and 2014. These allegations include paying millions of dollars to armed groups in the region, including the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia, smaller Islamist groups, and Kurdish groups.
Despite the ongoing civil war in Syria, Lafarge continued to operate a factory in northern Syria until 2014. However, this business decision has put the company in the crosshairs of legal and judicial action due to allegations of supporting terrorism. The seriousness of these allegations has raised concerns among legal authorities and the public.
As Lafarge faces potential legal action, its reputation has been tarnished due to these accusations and questionable business practices in Syria. Efforts to remain operational in a volatile region where armed groups are active have led to serious legal and ethical implications for the cement manufacturer. If legal proceedings proceed, they will bring these allegations and suspicions to light potentially leading to further consequences for Lafarge and those involved in their business operations in Syria.