Qatar to open subsidiary of elite French military college

24th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 23, 2007 (AFP) - France's elite military college Saint-Cyr is to open a subsidiary in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, the defence ministry in Paris said Tuesday.

PARIS, Jan 23, 2007 (AFP) - France's elite military college Saint-Cyr is to open a subsidiary in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, the defence ministry in Paris said Tuesday.

A delegation from Qatar is expected in France later this month to finalise arrangements, after President Jacques Chirac and Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Hamad agreed to the link-up last year.

Qatar is to pay for some 40 Saint-Cyr instructors to take up posts on attachment in the Gulf state, where they will train between 40 and 60 officer cadets every year, Le Monde newspaper reported.

France and Qatar already have close military ties and the emir's son Jouan is currently studying at Saint-Cyr.

Saint-Cyr -- France's equivalent of Sandhurst and West Point -- was founded by Napoleon in 1802. Originally based in Fontainebleau and then in the western Paris outskirts, it moved to Coetquidan in Brittany after World War II.

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Subject: French News

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