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French magistrates to re-examine Lafarge charge over Syria dealing

A relief logo sits in the wall at the LafargeHolcim Ltd. headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. After two painful years of restructuring, LafargeHolcim Chief Executive Officer Jan Jenisch says the worlds biggest maker of building materials is finally ready for acquisitions again -- as long as they don't threaten the progress he's made so far. Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A relief logo sits in the wall at the LafargeHolcim Ltd. headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 [Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

France's highest court on Tuesday dismissed a previous legal ruling that struck out a charge for complicity in crimes against humanity against cement firm Lafarge over its dealings in Syria, saying magistrates should re-examine the allegations, Reuters reported.

Lafarge, which is now part of Swiss-listed Holcim, has admitted following its own internal investigation that its Syrian subsidiary paid armed groups to keep operations running after 2011 in the war-torn country. But it has rejected several charges against it in an investigation by French magistrates.

France's Supreme Court was ruling on whether a lower court was right or not to strike out a charge of complicity in crimes against humanity against Lafarge in that probe, and said the court should go over its decision again.

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