Saudi Arabia Launches French News Website, an Attempt to Improve Image

French newspaper Le Monde said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia launched a news website in French to “Improve its image” that it causes in front of Western public opinion due to the assassination case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The newspaper stated in a report that the new media is the digital and French version of the English-language daily Arab News, owned by a group close to the royal family, and an interface to the kingdom’s image as desired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The French newspaper pointed out that due to the Corona virus, the opening ceremony was held in the form of a webinar, with the participation of the President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Gili, the acting Saudi Minister of Information, Majid Al-Qasabi, director of the “Arab News” group, Faisal Abbas, and the French ambassador in Riyadh, François Jouyet.

The newspaper stated that the Saudi authorities chose to launch a news site in Molière language, to coincide with France’s celebration of its national day, that is, Tuesday, July 14.

The site, which Abbas defines as a “window for Arab news in the French language,” relies on a team of 40 people between journalists, editors and translators, including Lebanese journalist Randa Takieddine, who specializes in French diplomacy by covering a long period of time for the Saudi newspaper, Al-Hayat, before the latter stops About publication in 2018.

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