Will this state lie make as much ink as it blew Yemenis? Yesterday morning, six media outlets (including the media NGO Disclose, Mediapart, Konbini, Radio France, Arte and The Intercept) published the elements of a classified report "confidential defense" on the use of French weapons in Yemen. The document proves without a doubt that death devices made in France have served well in this country at war since 2013, especially in areas affecting civilians. Information that the Élysée and Matignon have been denying for months. These notes from the Military Intelligence Directorate (DRM), dated September 25, were brought to the attention of Emmanuel Macron as that of his prime minister, Édouard Philippe, or even the Minister of Armies, Françoise Parly, and the super-VRP of the French military industry, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. They show that 48 Caesar guns, manufactured in Roanne (Loire) by the state enterprise Nexter, were seen in the Saudi armed forces on the border with Yemen. "Between March 2016 and December 2018, 35 civilians died during 52 bombings located in the field of action of these guns," says Disclose, using data from the NGO Acled (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project). The report also points to the presence of Leclerc tanks, "deployed in a defensive position near Aden, in southern Yemen. In November 2018, French tanks were at the heart of the battle of Hodeida. It killed 55 civilians, according to Acled, "adds Disclose.
The investigation thus shows the deliberate will of the President of the Republic to continue selling arms to a country like Saudi Arabia, far from respecting the Geneva Convention. Emmanuel Macron – ultimate decision maker on the sale and shipment of French weapons to foreign partners (read the Humanity of April 2) – deliberately violates international law. Article 6 of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) signed by Paris is nevertheless unambiguous: "A State Party shall not authorize any transfer of conventional weapons (…) if it is aware, during the authorization, that these weapons or these goods could be used to commit genocide, crimes against humanity, serious violations of the Geneva Conventions of 1949. "The Elysee knew that this arsenal was used in Yemen against civilians. But that does not change the problem: a new contract, signed last December with Saudi Arabia, evokes the delivery of armored vehicles and guns to this country between 2019 and 2024.