Western Sahara: Six complaints filed by Polisario Front against French groups accused of “crime of colonization”


The Polisario Front announced, Friday night in Gonfreville-l’Orcher, near Le Havre, that the Front  filed, on Thursday, six complaints against French groups for “crime of colonization” as they established their subsidiaries in the territory of Western Sahara, occupied by the Morocco.


The announcement was made by Mohamed Khadad, President of External Relations of the Polisario Front and coordinator with the UN, at the opening of the international symposium on “Sovereignty over natural resources and application of international law in Western Sahara”, organized by the Association of Friends of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (AARASD) and whose work will last two days.

The complaints concern three banks (BNP Paribas, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole), the Axa Assurances group, the Transavia airline and the UCPA group, which organizes sports trips.

They were filed at the level of the public prosecutor at the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris for “crime of colonization” and “transfer of population to an occupied zone”.

It is worth mentioning that, on September 18th, a first complaint was filed  against the French company Chancerelle, for “illegal” activity in the Sahrawi territory.

In October 2017, the Polisario Front, legitimate representative of the Saharawi people, filed a complaint against Transavia airline, a subsidiary of Air France, demanding the cancelation of its flight linking Paris to Dakhla, a Sahrawi town occupied by Morocco.

The Polisario Front lawyer, Gilles Devers, explained to the APS that the French company is “obliged to respond to our request and give explanations on the operation of this airline”, while the judgment of the Court of justice of the European Union (CJEU) prohibits this commercial transaction without the approval of the Saharawi people.






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