War of words between Macron and Saudi Arabia on the Hariri case

War of words between Macron and Saudi Arabia on the Hariri case

While the French head of state affirmed on BFMTV that the Lebanese Prime Minister was “detained in Saudi Arabia”, a spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs contradicted him on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia denied on Tuesday that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was held for several weeks in November in the kingdom, as French President Emmanuel Macron claimed. In an interview broadcast on Friday by the French channel BFMTV, Mr. Macron recalled that he…

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Moved and proud, Saudi women at the wheel after the historic lifting of the ban

Moved and proud, Saudi women at the wheel after the historic lifting of the ban

The ban on women driving, in force for decades in Saudi Arabia, was lifted on Sunday, and female drivers, moved and proud, immediately began to circulate in Riyadh, evoking a feeling of freedom, even if heavy discrimination persist. The ban on women driving, in force for decades in Saudi Arabia, was lifted on Sunday, and female drivers, moved and proud, immediately began to circulate in Riyadh, evoking a feeling of freedom, even if heavy discrimination…

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Saudi Arabia allows women to drive: why it’s a revolution

Saudi Arabia allows women to drive: why it’s a revolution

In a few days, Saudi Arabia will experience a historic moment: women will be allowed to drive. The decision, taken by the government last September, will be effective on June 24, 2018. Concrete societal changes which are accelerating and which are not about to stop, as the Saudi academic Hoda al-Helaissi recounts. By Hoda al-Helaissi, Saudi scholar and one of the first female members of the Shura Consultative Assembly Saudi Arabia has embarked on an…

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2018 World Cup: Saudi Arabia and Russia, the great rapprochement

2018 World Cup: Saudi Arabia and Russia, the great rapprochement

While Russia receives Saudi Arabia, Thursday, June 14, for the opening of the 2018 World Cup, the two countries have come together considerably in recent months. Convergences that annoy Washington, a historic ally of the Wahhabi kingdom. It is an opposition with a very strong geopolitical connotation. The opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which takes place this Thursday, June 14 in Moscow, will see Russia, the host country of the event, face…

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Why Qatar resisted the blockade wanted by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Why Qatar resisted the blockade wanted by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

A year after the start of the Gulf crisis between Qatar on one side and Saudi Arabia on the other side, ally of the United Arab Emirates, Francis Perrin, associate researcher at the OCP Policy Center (Rabat) and research director at IRIS (Paris), analyzes the situation. While the Gulf crisis has now lasted for a year, no sign of appeasement between the protagonists makes it possible to envisage the resolution of this “cold war” between…

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What the battle of Hodeidah in Yemen reveals

What the battle of Hodeidah in Yemen reveals

For the geopolitologist Jean-Sylvestre Mongrenier “the battle of Hodeïda is a possible turning point in a war in which the Western powers are involved”. On April 10, 2018, Emmanuel Macron, receiving Mohammed Ben Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, announced a major international conference on humanitarian aid in Yemen, an event organized by Paris and Riyadh. In fine, the conference turned into a simple technical meeting which was held in the French capital on June…

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