Practice Relating to Rule 115. Disposal of the Dead
France’s LOAC Summary Note (1992) provides that the dead must be “identified, evacuated and buried, cremated or buried at sea”.
France’s LOAC Teaching Note (2000) states:
After combat, the dead of both sides must be identified, evacuated and buried, cremated or buried at sea. To the extent possible, the dead must in principle be buried in order to allow for the repatriation of their remains later on.
France’s LOAC Manual (2001) reproduces Article 17 of the 1949 Geneva Convention I.