June 28, 2018 / 11:54 AM / in 9 months

Lafarge under investigation over terrorist funding allegations in Syria

PARIS, June 28 (Reuters) - French cement group Lafarge SA was put under formal investigation in France over allegations of funding terrorist activities in Syria and aiding and abetting crimes against humanity, a judicial source said on Thursday.

French prosecutors last year launched a probe into the suspected “financing of a terrorist enterprise” by the cement group in Syria. The company admitted last year it had paid armed groups to keep a factory operating.

Prosecutors last year put several senior former managers of Lafarge and LafargeHolcim under formal investigation.

Lafarge merged with Swiss company Holcim in 2015 to become LafargeHolcim.

Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry, Dominique Vidalon; editing by Michel Rose

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