Practice Relating to Rule 8. Definition of Military Objectives
France’s LOAC Summary Note (1992) includes “areas of land of tactical importance” among military objectives.
In a declaration made upon ratification of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, France stated:
A specific zone may be considered as a military objective if, due to its location or for any other criteria mentioned in Article 52 [of the 1977 Additional Protocol I], its total or partial destruction, capture or neutralisation in the circumstances governing at the time offers a decisive military advantage.
In an interpretative declaration made upon ratification of the 1998 ICC Statute, France stated:
The Government of the French Republic declares that a specific area may be considered a “military objective” as referred to in article 8, paragraph 2 (b) as a whole if, by reason of its situation, nature, use, location, total or partial destruction, capture of neutralization, taking into account the circumstances of the moment, it offers a decisive military advantage.