Lafarge 'Islamic State payments' probe centres on 15m-dollar fund

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A French investigation into alleged payments to jihadist groups, including Islamic State, by French cement-making giant Lafarge in order to ensure the functioning of one of its plants in Syria is focussing on a fund of more than 15 million dollars set aside by the company for its operations in the war-torn country, according to documents obtained by Mediapart. Fabrice Arfi reports.

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A French judicial investigation into the “financing of a terrorist enterprise” by French cement group Lafarge has identified a budget of more than 15 million dollars that is suspected of having been used by the company, at least in part, to pay terrorist organisations, including the Islamic State group, to ensure the uninterrupted activities of a plant it operated in Syria between 2010 and 2014, according to documents obtained by Mediapart.