TotalEnergies, BNP Paribas sued

The supermajor and the investment bank are accused of violating a French law on human rights and environment.
Photo: BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS / X07241
Photo: BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS / X07241

Various climate and human rights groups have taken legal action against French supermajor TotalEnergies and commercial bank BNP Paribas, reports Reuters.

The lawsuit against BNP Paribas concerns financing of oil and gas companies, which is in breach of legal obligations to not harm the environment, while legal proceedings against TotalEnergies pertain to detention and torture of persons at the Balhaf gas liquefaction plant in Yemen, in which the supermajor owns a stake.

The activist groups filing the suit against BNP Paribas are Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and Notre Affaire à Tous, while the MENA Rights Group is behind the TotalEnergies lawsuit.

Reuters cites an Oxfam France advisor arguing that BNP ”continues to write new blank cheques to the largest fossil fuel companies without setting any conditions for an oil-free, gas-free ecological transition.”

The two cases have been filed with the Paris Court of Justice under a French law that focuses on large French corporations’ human rights and environmental commitments.

The first ruling on the basis of this very same law will materialize from another environmental case against TotalEnergies, due later this month.

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