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Dinner at the Louvre, protests greet Saudi prince in France

11 April 2018, 12:47 | Myrtle Vega

Saudi Crown Prince visits Bush senior

Saudi Crown Prince visits Bush senior

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday tweeted several pictures taken during Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visit to Paris.

Indeed, it's not clear whether Prince Mohammed's pitch to invest in Saudi Arabia would convince United States business leaders while his anti-corruption campaign targeted hundreds of princes, ministers and businessmen - a climate which makes identifying sustainable partners a tough task for Americans, according to Henderson.

French President Macron confirmed that Saudi Arabia is an ally to France, and agreed with the crown prince to issue a strategic document before the end of the year.

The visit also highlighted the successes of the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 and Saudi Vision 2030, and their impact on the economic, social and developmental levels, the minister added.

Mr. Macron also faces seething criticism over the export of arms to Saudi Arabia, including Caesar artillery guns, sniper rifles and armoured vehicles despite the kingdom's role in the Yemen crisis.

But analysts note the 32-year-old Mohammed bin Salman has emphasised closer ties with US President Donald Trump just at a time when Macron has in turn sought to improve relations with Iran and vowed to preserve the nuclear deal.

It is believed that projects include the joint development of apps and educational material between the company and Kingdom.

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Mr. Macron's office said the trip would also focus on investment in the digital economy as well as renewable energy, as the oil-rich kingdom invests billions of dollars in the sector in a bid to diversify.

The announcement that Saudi Arabia will make its first official appearance at France's Cannes film festival came after Prince Mohammed dined last week in Hollywood with media mogul Rupert Murdoch, along with film studio bosses and famed American actors including Morgan Freeman.

Demonstrators will greet the prince with protests over the Saudi-led coalition's air strikes in Yemen to fight Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Ten human rights organisations also want him to insist the kingdom lift a blockade that's aggravating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The royal family owns luxurious property in France, including a mansion on the Riviera.

The prince ended his USA travels with more than $2.3 billion in promised arms sales and $1.3 billion in artillery.

The incident triggered a new debate in France over radical Salafist interpretations of Islam which originated in Saudi Arabia.

The Gulf dispute with Qatar isolated by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt is not likely to be high among topics covered, if at all. "This is the general tone that will be given", an official in the French presidency said.

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