Practice Relating to Rule 125. Correspondence of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
France’s LOAC Summary Note (1992) provides: “Captured combatants have the right to exchange news.”
France’s LOAC Teaching Note (2000) provides that every prisoner of war “is entitled to exchange news, to send letters and to receive mail”.
The instructions given to the French armed forces for the conduct of Opération Mistral, simulating a military operation under the right of self-defence or a mandate of the UN Security Council, state that detainees “have the right to correspond with their families”.