A new book by a pair of French journalists has unraveled a web of corruption between Gulf Arab governments such as Qatar and French politicians. Has the French political system been subverted by oil money?
The book, written by French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot and released to the public on October 24th, is titled “Nos très chers Émirs” or “Our very dear Emirs” – Emir is the Arabic word for prince. It provides a look into the close relationships enjoyed by French politicians and Arab Gulf regimes.
When asked by radio station French Inter if the relationship between the French government and these Gulf nations are dangerous, Christian Chesnot replies: “Yes and no. These complex relationships are maintained with immensely wealthy Arab figures who possess great influence.”