In this Feb.18, 2009 file photo, a Lafarge plant is pictured in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
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French cement giant Lafarge was charged Thursday with complicity in crimes against humanity and financing extremists for paying millions to militant groups, including Daesh (ISIS), to keep a factory open in war-torn Syria. The company, whose Syrian subsidiary paid the armed groups through middlemen, has also been charged with endangering the lives of former employees at the cement plant in Jalabiya, northern Syria.Lafarge, which has since merged with Swiss firm Holcim, immediately said it would appeal the charges.Lafarge is suspected of paying nearly 13 million euros to Daesh and other militant groups to keep the Jalabiya plant running long after other French companies had pulled out of Syria.Lafarge, which merged with Holcim in 2015, said it would take legal action to get the charges dropped, insisting that the company as a whole was not responsible.
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