French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (R) watch as their foreign ministers sign bilateral agreements in the Qatari capital Doha on December 7, 2017. (AFP / KARIM JAAFAR)
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French President Emmanuel Macron sealed multi-billion dollar military and transport contracts in Qatar Thursday, including the sale of Rafale fighter jets and hundreds of armored vehicles, amid mounting tensions in the Middle East.Thursday's deals also saw Doha commit to buying 490 armored vehicles from defense firm Nexter, sending a signal to its neighbors after Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut political and trade with Doha in June. They accuse it of supporting terrorism, a charge Qatar denies.
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