WorldWar in Ukraine: Could TotalÉnergies be convicted of "complicity in war crimes"?

War in Ukraine: Could TotalÉnergies be convicted of “complicity in war crimes”?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – Ecologist Yannick Jadot accuses the French energy company of helping to finance the war. Legally, what is the risk for French companies maintaining an activity in Russia?

THE QUESTION. On RTL on March 22, Yannick Jadot launched the accusation for the first time: “Total is complicit in crimes in Ukraine“. As the last oil and gas multinational present in Russia, the EELV presidential candidate judges that the TotalÉnergies group, French industrial flagship, “participates in fueling Putin’s receipts and financing the war in Ukraine“. A “shame” for France. What to do to react the CEO of the group, Patrick Pouyanné: “When Mr. Jadot accuses the 100,000 employees of Total [de crimes de guerre]it’s very serious, it’s an insult“, he charged on Wednesday, announcing an action for “defamation“.

Nevertheless, the candidatepersists» and sign on France Info Thursday. “Mr. Pouyanné is angry about this war on behalf of his shareholders. I am angry on behalf of the Ukrainians who are today victims of war atrocities“. Yannick Jadotconfirmedthus accusing TotalÉnergies of beingaccomplices in war crimes” in Ukraine. Does such a status exist in international law? Is it applicable to a company rather than to a person, and in this case to TotalÉnergies or to any French company that maintains an activity in Russia?

LET’S CHECK. The legal concept…

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