When French PM’s communications chief served Saudi interests

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Mayada Boulos, communications advisor to French Prime Minister Jean Castex, was in charge of a PR campaign to promote Saudi Arabian interests during her previous job with advertising and public relations group Havas. The campaign was on behalf of a foundation created and chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom who a US intelligence report released last week said had approved the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Antton Rouget reports.

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Mayada Boulos, the communications advisor to French Prime Minister Jean Castex, led a PR campaign on behalf of Saudi Arabia in her previous job with advertising and public relations group Havas, where she worked within its so-called “influence” department from 2016 to the summer of 2020 when she was recruited by Castex.