Published on 08 September 2015 - Updated on 22 December 2015

Special investigation into new Franco-Saudi business networks

Much has changed in the way Saudi Arabian defence deals are signed and sealed since King Salman bin Abdelaziz acceded to the throne in January. The businessmen who unwisely hitched their wagon to Mutaib bin Abdullah, the head of the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) and favourite son of the late King Abdullah bin Abdelaziz, are now out of the picture.
The new and all-powerful defence minister Mohammed bin Salman is determined to make his mark on the negotiation channels between Paris and Riyadh, at a time when contracts between the two capitals have recently been dogged by technical issues.

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