Speaking on Radio France International, Carnegie’s Joseph Bahout explained that historically, France’s relationship with Saudi Arabia has been strong on economic grounds. France and Saudi Arabia have agreements on a number of issues, such as Iran’s nuclear program and the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, Bahout said. However, France has several concerns about the way Saudi Arabia is positioning itself toward the Arab Spring in general, he argued, and with Islamist movements in particular.

This interview originally aired on Radio France International.