Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received a warm welcome at the Elysee Palace in Paris as French President Emmanuel Macron has supported France’s arms sales to Riyadh at a joint press conference.
“France has adopted a very specific arms process, with an existing commission that has reinforced its rules of distribution whereby all sales of military equipment are analyzed on a case-by-case basis and on the basis of reinforced criteria that reflect respect for international humanitarian law and the risk of harm to civilian populations,” Macron said.
“Stability in the Middle East is our common goal. With Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Elysee Palace,” the French President tweeted.
Macron’s support for Saudi Arabia and the decision to continue selling arms to Riyadh, which is involved in the Yemeni war, has outraged many people in France, who immediately took to Twitter to express their indignation:
“Mr. Macron, it’s MBS [Mohammed bin Salman] who destabilizes the Middle East. Stop supporting him like foolish Trump.”
Mr Macron, c'est le MBS qui déstabilise le moyen orient. Arreter de le soutenir comme fait le foux trump
— onfo5 bellaban (@SalamehJack) April 10, 2018
“Saudi Arabia is working hard on stability in Yemen with French weapons.”
Arabie-Saoudite œuvre grandement à la stabilité du Yémen grâce à des armes françaises.
— DURE (@DURE16568799) April 10, 2018
“Stability? And what about arms contracts that you’re going to sign with Riyadh at the end of the year? Are they for water guns?”
Stabilité ? Et les contrats d'armement que vous allez signer à Ryad à la fin de l'année ? C'est pour des pistolets à eau ?
— Mec pacifique (@mec_pacifique) April 11, 2018
“How can we speak about stability if we sell weapons to terrorist States. Macron has no morality.”
Comment parler de stabilité quant on vend des armes aux etats terroristes.
Il n' a pas de morale ce MACRON.
— PatSoub (@PatBowie42) April 11, 2018
“How many contracts for these rogue states?”
Et combien de contrats pour ces voyous?? €€€$$$
— Amanullah (@gamet2010) April 11, 2018
“Stability with bombs made in France, I suppose?”
La stabilité à coups de bombes made in France, I suppose? 😬
— Bad Motherfucker (@OuateDePhuck) April 10, 2018
“The only courageous decision would have been to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which bombs civilians in Yemen. But the president of the rich is the sales representative of French arms manufacturers. War crimes can continue.”
La seule décision courageuse aurait été de suspendre les ventes d'armes à l'Arabie Saoudite, qui bombarde la population civile au Yémen. Mais le président des riches est le VRP des industriels de l'armement français. Les crimes de guerre peuvent continuer.
— poxxk (@poxxk) April 10, 2018
“Emmanuel Macron sells arms to Saudi Arabia to accompany it in its genocide in Yemen, and we speak of ‘international law’?”
— Juliette Beaulieu (@BeauJuliett) April 10, 2018
France is the world’s third largest arms exporter, and Saudi Arabia is one of its biggest purchasers: on April 8, Paris and Riyadh sealed a new intergovernmental agreement on a weapons deal.