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The World Cup final is refocusing the spotlight on Qatar's soccer investments in France

Posted on AllSides December 19th, 2022
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French president Emmanuel Macron plans to make a second trip to Qatar this week to support his national soccer team in its final game against Argentina on Sunday (Dec. 18). The timing isn’t ideal, awkwardly coinciding with the eruption of a growing corruption scandal related to the Gulf state’s alleged bribery of European lawmakers that saw the arrest of the now former vice president of the European Parliament, Eva Kaili. Macron is rejecting calls to cancel the trip, despite mounting criticism and scrutiny of Qatar’s ties to Europe’s political sphere.

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