November 20, 2023 Special Dispatch No. 10966

Documents Reportedly Reveal 2010 Agreement Between Then French President Sarkozy And Then Qatari Crown Prince Tamim Bin Hamad, In Which Qatar Pledged To Pay Sarkozy 300 Million Euros

November 20, 2023
Qatar | Special Dispatch No. 10966

The following are translated excerpts from Arabic documents leaked from Project Raven,[1] allegedly exposing an agreement signed on November 23, 2010 by then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy and then-Qatari crown prince Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani, who is now the Qatari emir. According to the agreement, page 3 of which is missing, Qatar was to repay the cost of all of France's military and security operations in Libya, plus a sum of 300 million euros to Sarkozy.[2] Sarkozy, for his part, pledged that his country would extend "unreserved support" to Qatar in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

The following are translated excerpts  from the agreement:[3]

"Protocol of Agreement [between]

His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Aal Thani

Crown Prince [of Qatar], May Allah protect him


His Excellency President Nicolas Sarkozy

President of the French Republic  

Paris "

November 23, 2010

"Agreement Protocol

"As an embodiment of the strong and special relationship between the leaders of the French Republic and the leaders of the State of Qatar;

"And in accordance with the wise instructions of Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Aal Thani, the exalted Emir of the State of Qatar, and of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani, the loyal Crown Prince, regarding strengthening and developing the relations between the two friendly countries as part of realizing [their] joint interests;

"And in response to the invitation extended by Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Aal Thani and to the loyal Crown Prince to visit France in order to implement the former instructions of the leaderships of the two countries regarding Qatari investments in France and [France's] support for Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup,

"Today, November 23, 2010, a secret meeting was held at the headquarters of the French Republic, headed by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, and the loyal Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani, in the presence of Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Aal Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar; Mr. Claude Guéant, Secretary General of the Elysée, and Mr. Michel Platini, President of the Union of European Football Associations. The following points were agreed upon:

[page missing]

"3. It was agreed that Qatar will pay the full cost of France's security and military operations in Libya.

"4. Qatar will pay 300 million euros to His Excellency President Nicolas Sarkozy

"At the close of the meeting President Nicolas Sarkozy praised the important role played by His Highness Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani in strengthening the special strategic partnership between France and Qatar in all spheres, and reiterated France's commitment to [extend] unreserved support to Qatar [in its bid] to organize the 2022 World Cup. 

[signature of Nicholas Sarkozy]

"On behalf of the French Republic

His Excellency President Nicolas Sarkozy,

President of the Republic"



[signature of  Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad]

"On behalf of

The State of Qatar

His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani

The Crown Prince"



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[1] Project Raven was a confidential initiative to help the UAE surveil other governments, militants, and human rights activists (

[2] Points 3 and 4 of the agreement are believed to relate to one sum of 300 million Euros, and not to two separate sums, and the name of the French president appears in point 4, since he is constitutionally considered the commander of French armed forces.

[3] Raven Project documents.

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