France probes fashion giants accused of profiting from ‘crimes against humanity’ in Uyghur labour camps

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The French public prosecution services have opened an investigation into the suspected “receiving” of the proceeds of crimes against humanity by four major clothing and sportswear companies who are accused of sourcing supplies from the forced labour of members of the Uyghur population in camps in the Chinese territory of Xinjiang. François Bougon reports on the unprecedented French legal move.

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In the first legal move of its kind in France, the public prosecution services have opened an investigation into suspected “receiving” of the proceeds of crimes against humanity by four major clothing retail groups who have allegedly profited from the repression of Turkic ethnic people, and notably the mostly Muslim Uyghur population, in the territory of Xinjiang in north-west China.