Practice Relating to Rule 32. Humanitarian Relief Objects
France’s Code of Defence (2004), as amended in 2008, states:
Combatants must respect … all persons protected by the applicable international conventions, as well as their objects.
… The … objects used in a humanitarian assistance mission … are … protected as long as they are entitled to the protection given to … civilian objects under the law of armed conflicts.
France’s Penal Code (1992), as amended in 2010, states in its section on war crimes common to both international and non-international armed conflicts:
Intentionally launching attacks against the installations, material, units and vehicles employed in a humanitarian relief mission … , as long as they are entitled to the protection given to civilian and civilian objects under the international law of armed conflict, is punishable by 20 years’ imprisonment.