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After months of issues between Paris and Riyadh, Intelligence Online has heard that ODAS, France's military export agency for Saudi Arabia, could fold.
At a little over 30 years old, Mohammed Bin Salman has in a matter of months become Saudi Arabia's strong man. He is the all-powerful Minister of Defence, head of the royal court, director of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and chairman of the supreme council of Saudi Aramco and has control over all major affairs.
France's military export agency ODAS, which is headed by Admiral Edouard Guillaud, is under increasing pressure from the French ministry of defence and from key international clients who are unhappy about the way it is being run.
Paris and Riyadh are in a state of confusion over the contract to deliver patrol vessels to the Saudi navy. Intelligence Online investigates this very French situation.
As the Saudi offensive in Yemen continues, the love-in between Paris and Riyadh is very much on following Laurent Fabius' visit to the kingdom on April 12. But the Al Mekkah frigate affair could spoil the mood.