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17 Feb 2023

Arthur Weil-Rabaud,
Asia Balluffier,
Lucas Minisini, Le Monde,
Marceau Bretonnier,
Elsa Longueville, Bellingcat,
The Insider,
Catherine Bennett,
//Le HuffPost avec AFP (France)

Auchan & Leroy Merlin accused of supplying Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine; incl. cos. comments

Video investigation: How a French company is supporting Russia's war effort in Ukraine, 17 February 2023

...Le Monde, in partnership with the Bellingcat network of investigators and Russian investigative website The Insider, got access to internal emails and eyewitness accounts in Auchan's Russian branch and verified photos and videos published on social media.

Our investigation shows how goods sold by two companies belonging to the Mulliez Group – Auchan and Leroy Merlin – supply Russian armed forces on the Ukrainian front. In the case of Auchan, Le Monde's investigation reveals how the company's northern division itself organized the collection of Auchan products in Saint Petersburg for several tens of thousands of euros, just one month after the war began.

Part of the following timelines

Ukraine: Global outrage over Russian invasion leads to sanctions, demands for businesses to divest

Russia: Auchan & Leroy Merlin allegedly supply Russian military fighting in Ukraine, new investigation shows; incl. co. statement