France Denies Their Weapons Were Used Against Civilians in Yemen

Intelligence shows Saudis, UAE both used weapons against civilians

France’s Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly issued a statement Thursday denying that any French weapons have at any time been used against civilians in the war in Yemen.

This is an important point because leaked intelligence showed that French arms, including tanks, were being used in the Yemeni War by both the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and have been used against civilians.

Parly’s argument that this was not the case appears not to be based on anything beyond France not having any specific evidence that the arms are being used in the way the intelligence shows.

This sort of conscious ignorance is the way a lot of foreign officials justify arms sales to the Saudis given the humanitarian disaster the war in Yemen has become, and the heavy arms purchases the Saudis continue to make.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.