French President Emmanuel Macron (R) walks alongside Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during a welcome ceremony in Doha on December 7, 2017. / AFP / POOL / Ammar ABD RABBO
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Qatar's ruling emir and French President Emmanuel Macron signed 12 billion euros ($14 billion) in deals during the French president's visit to Doha Thursday, including the purchase of 12 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets with the option of buying 36 more.Macron is traveling with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who in 2015 as defense minister helped negotiate a deal with Qatar to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets. France and Qatar also agreed that Qatar would purchase 490 VBCI armored vehicles from French firm Nexter, and signed a transportation deal with France's national rail authority to manage and maintain Doha's planned metro, as well as a light rail system north of Doha. France also has a contingent of several hundred French troops in Qatar as part of the 1,200 French forces active in the region in the battle against Daesh.
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