Weekend Reads Lead 1-Pétrole and Iran on the dinner menu between Macron and "MBS" at the Elysée
Brigitte Macron: This area on which she keeps her hand on her husband
© Romain Gaillard/Pool/Bestimage Brigitte Macron: this area on which she keeps her hand on her husband in the "Focus" podcast of July 19, Broadcast on RTL, journalists return to the estate from which Brigitte Macron takes care, without consulting her husband, within the Elysée. While Emmanuel Macron seems to be a great connoisseur of literature as well as a writing enthusiast, it is however his wife Brigitte Macron who has the hand on culture within the Elysée.
Arabia-Sadrance-France/ (Lead 1): Lead 1-Pétrole and Iran on the dinner menu between Macron and "MBS" At the Elysée
(updated with Véran, Jadot and complaint)
by Elizabeth Pineau and John Irish
Paris, July 28 (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron meets this Thursday evening in Paris the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmane, while the leaders Westerners seek to appease their links with the kingdom producing oil against the backdrop of war in Ukraine.
After a first step in Greece, the one we nicknamed "MBS" is invited to a work dinner at the Elysée with the French president, just back from a tour in Africa.
Last December in Djeddah, Emmanuel Macron had been the first Western leader to meet the prince since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in which Riyadh is suspected of having played a role, which the Saudi authorities deny.
Emmanuel Macron goes for the first time to Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau
The French president begins on July 25 his first tour in sub-Saharan Africa since his re-election. © provided by Franceinfo The French Head of State Emmanuel Macron is expected from July 25 to 28 in Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau. This first African tour since his re -election in April is placed under the sign of security: food and military.
Thursday's visit arouses criticism from human rights and French opposition groups.
"We do not need to rehabilitate a murderous prince, we especially need to carry a language of human rights," said Agnès Callamard on France Inter the secretary general of Amnesty International. "There is only these merchants that count, we no longer hear from the rest."
"On the menu of dinner between @emmanuelmacron and #MBS the dismembered body of journalist Khashoggi? Climate chaos? Peace and human rights? The day of overtaking? No! Oil and weapons! The exact opposite of what 'You have to do! ", wrote the Yannick Jadot, former environmental candidate for the presidential election on Twitter.
Questioned on this subject, government spokesperson Olivier Véran said that France would defend its "values", while "working on world access to oil".
Iranian nuclear: Emmanuel Macron believes an agreement "still possible", but "as soon as possible"
The negotiations concerning the Iranian nuclear file have been dead since March. © provided by Franceinfo Optimism. Emmanuel Macron estimated that the relaunch of the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement "was still possible", provided "intervene as soon as possible", after an interview on Saturday July 23 with Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi.
For their part, non -governmental organizations Democracy for the Arab World Now (Dawn), Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) and Trial International filed a complaint with the Paris court against Mohammed Ben Salmane for complicity in torture and forced disappearance , in connection with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, who worked for the Washington Post.
Two weeks after the visit of Biden
while the energy and food crisis is more acute every day, Western leaders approach regional powers to counter the influence of Russia despite human rights concerns.
Emmanuel Macron spoke in recent days in Paris with the president of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed Ben Zayed Al Nahyane then with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, without meeting with the press.
France and other European countries seek to diversify their energy sources after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which has ceased to supply Europe with gas.
Colonization in Cameroon: Macron asks historians to "shed light" on the action of France
© Ludovic Marin / AFP French President Emmanuel Macron asked historians on Tuesday to "shed light" '' Action of France in Cameroon during colonization and after the independence of this country, announcing the openness "in whole" of the French archives on "painful moments" and "tragic".
In this context, Westerners want to convince Riyadh to open oil valves, of which the kingdom is the world's leading producer, in order to lower prices.
Until now, the Saudi leader has refused to increase production to respect his commitment to OPEC, which Riyadh Co-Dirige with Moscow, repeating that his country was maximum capacities with a low room for improvement.
Another subject on the dinner menu: Iranian nuclear, at a time when talks between the great powers and Iran to relaunch the 2015 agreement are in a standstill. Saudi Arabia, a great rival of Iran, fears that Tehran will become a nuclear power and is increasingly worried about its activities in the region.
The Elysée meeting signs a new stage of the return of Mohammed Ben Salmane on the international scene, less than two weeks after the visit of the American president Joe Biden in Saudi Arabia.
The Prince's European mini-tour aims to "evoke bilateral relations and the means of strengthening them in different fields", underlined the Saudi authorities by announcing the trip. (Report Elizabeth Pineau and John Irish, edited by Sophie Louet)
Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron on vacation: their family dinner at Lavandou .
© Niviere David/Abacapress.com Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron on vacation: their family dinner at Lavandou The presidential couple created the surprise. Like every year, Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron put their suitcases in the Brégançon Fort far from prying eyes. On Wednesday August 3, the presidential couple granted themselves a family outing around. The two spouses went to the restaurant Les Sirènes, located on the beach of Cavalière, at Lavandou, in the Var.