Fear of trade retaliation? Afraid to start the convergence diplomatic with saudi arabia about the iranian threat in the Middle East? In the case of Khashoggi, France has not ceased, until now, to strike saudi Arabia. While the United States and Germany have announced sanctions against members of the commando who killed the journalist on October 2, the saudi consulate in Istanbul, Paris is still waiting. “We’ll decide very quickly,” acknowledges Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“Treat Arabia as an ally, and not as a client,” argued Emmanuel Macron, receiving in April, Mohammed Bin Salman, the young crown prince and the new strong man of Arabia. The head of State meant that there was more to weaken beg of contracts in a historical partner of France, a critic in the hollow of the economic diplomacy little productive of his predecessor, François Hollande. But after a year and a half of power, Macron is confronted by a …

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