New intermediaries between Paris and Riyadh
King Salman is keen to replace the people that handled the negotiation of major contracts under King Abdullah with his own team, say Intelligence Online's sources. [...]
The French multinational is a leader in water and waste management and energy. It also has a growing transport business. With more than 300,000 employees in 50 countries, Veolia works with a large number of local authorities and private companies.
Omar Zeidan is one of the best-connected among the established agents of French industry in the Arab world. He is still very active in 2013, steering through projects in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and partnering investments of the Al-Assad clan in Syria. [...]
Since 2008, Dominique de Villepin has been reaping the benefits of a network of business contacts built up over 30 years in the corridors of power. His law firm, Villepin international, which opened in April 2008, is devoted to his new profession of business facilitator. [...]
Despite Nicolas Sarkozy's determination that they make their mark in Iraq, French companies have yet to catch up with their European and U.S. competitors and now a number of them, jaded by Iraq's bureaucracy and insecurity, are turning their attentions [. [...]