A French presidential source said that France is close to concluding large contracts in the field of military and transport with Qatar, during a visit by Emmanuel Makron Thursday to Doha, according to Reuters reported.
Qatar has the option to buy 12 more Dassault Rafal fighter jets, after buying 24 such aircraft in 2015 for 6 billion euros ($ 7.11 billion).
Officials said the deal could be completed this week.
The two sides are also in talks to buy 300 VPCI armored vehicles from French company Nexter and a 3 billion euro deal to manage the Doha Metro for 20 years, Reuters reported.
The source told the French presidency of the press, on Monday, that the discussions are ongoing, noting that Paris and Doha talk about many files near maturity.
"But I'd rather be more confused and wait until Thursday," he said.
Paris ties Qatar with trade and political ties, with France boosting its business interests there, and France is encouraging gas-rich Gulf states to invest in them.
Qatar already has assets of about $ 10 billion in France.
It is important to note that Paris also tried to play the role of mediator in a dispute that began in early June, when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt cut political and trade ties with Qatar. C