‘Scandalised and outraged’ Macron sparks fury dining with Saudi prince in Paris

Ms al-Hathloul is the sister of feminist Loujain al-Hathloul, a women’s rights icon in the Saudi kingdom who was jailed for almost three years before being granted parole in February last year.

She told the same news agency: “Rather than supporting the victims of systematic human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, Macron prefers to rehabilitate a crown prince whose abuses have been widely condemned by the international community.”

French politician Aurélien Taché said Mr Macron should be ashamed of the visit, adding: “It is not at the Elysée, but in a police station that MBS should be welcomed in France.”

The Elysée Palace said the dinner was needed in view of soaring energy prices, the Middle Eastern food crisis and concerns over Iran’s nuclear programme.