SAUDI ARABIA FRANCE Issue dated 11/03/2019

With Mohammed bin Salman, Paris tries to paint economic diplomacy with coat of a culture

MbS wants to make the archaeological site of al-Ula a tourist showcase for the kingdom.
MbS wants to make the archaeological site of al-Ula a tourist showcase for the kingdom. ©Reuters/Stephen Kalin
The billions of dollars being injected into the vast Al-Ula archaeological tourist project is the stuff of dreams for France's industrial players and ministry of foreign affairs, which have been pulling out all the stops in Riyadh. Paris hopes to position itself as Saudi's main, if not only, partner but the kingdom has other ideas. [...]
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