According to a source, French construction material giant, Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS) paid between $80,000 and $100,000 a month to various armed groups, including $20,000 to IS in 2013-14. In other words, the company paid ‘taxes’ to ISIS in order to continue its business operations in Syria throughout the still on-going conflict.
Lafarge’s Plant Located In Jalabiya, Northern Syria
Lafarge had opened its plant in Jalabiya, northern Syria just before the war break. It then compromised with ISIS and paid taxes to them so that their vehicles were allowed to pass through ISIS-controlled areas and checkpoints unhindered.
French ex-minister Fabius To Face Questions In Lafarge-IS Probe
Former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to be questioned overpayments made by Lafarge to the Islamic State group through a Syrian middleman. The anti-corruption NGO Sherpa’s head of litigation, Marie-Laure Guislan, told France Info:
“It is imperative to look into all those who might be responsible. The state should set an example, and if it is implicated in this affair then the justice system should hold it accountable.”