Macron’s rehabilitation of the “murderous prince”


Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Paris on Thursday for talks with President Emmanuel Macron who later hosted him for dinner at the Élysée Palace, amid outrage from rights activists. In exchange for staging the prince’s comeback on the international diplomatic scene, four years after the murder of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, Macron was hoping to obtain a substantial rise in Saudi oil production. But, as René Backmann writes in this analysis of Macron’s dealings with “MBS”, the move may well prove to benefit only he who Amnesty International secretary general Agnès Callamard has dubbed “the murderous prince”.   

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Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for talks and dinner at the Élysée Palace on Thursday, the latest in a series of meetings the French president has held this month with world dictators and autocrats.