President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday stood by his determination to go to Qatar to help France’s World Cup workforce, regardless of allegations linking the Gulf monarchy to corruption within the European Parliament.
Macron was in Qatar on Wednesday night time to observe France’s semi-final victory over Morocco earlier than flying to Brussels in a single day to attend an EU summit in Brussels.
Belgian police investigating allegations that Qatar has been paying bribes to European politicians have arrested an MEP and three associates and charged them with corruption. Qatar denies any wrongdoing.
“I’m completely comfy with it,” Macron instructed reporters who requested concerning the journey. “4 years in the past I backed the French workforce in Russia, and I’m backing them in Qatar.”
Macron plans to return to Qatar on Sunday to observe France play Argentina within the World Cup closing.
Within the build-up to the event, Qatar’s labour legal guidelines got here below scrutiny amid allegations that migrant staff had been mistreated and put in peril on constructing websites.
Now, the state’s worldwide diplomacy is in query, after Belgian police seized 1.5 million euros in money and made a number of arrests.
The European Parliament, whose president Roberta Metsola declared the alleged bribes to MEPs as an assault on Europe’s democracy, will vote on a movement Thursday that might bar Qatari lobbyists from its premises.
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