“Before leaving, the King of Saudi Arabia could pay its €3.7 million bill to the hospitals of Paris. A gesture of politeness,” tweeted Patrick Pelloux, a Paris-based emergency services doctor and activist.
Avant de partir le roi d Arabie saoudite pourrait payer ses factures de 3,7 millions d euros Aux hôpitaux de Paris Un geste de politesse!
— Patrick Pelloux (@PatrickPelloux) August 3, 2015
Pelloux's statement came after the Saudi royals cut short their controversial visit to France's Cote d'Azur which saw angry locals complaining about their commandeering of a public beach.
King Salman and his entourage then muddied the waters by planning the installation of a lift to the beach and then asking the local police force not to send female officers as part of their security detail.
Now, in what could be a final salvo in the summer saga, Pelloux has drawn attention to the multi-million dollar hospital bill owed by Saudi Arabia to public hospitals in Paris.
The hospital network was owed €120 million by foreign nations at the end of 2014, news agency AFP reported in July.
Topping out the list was Algeria which owed €31.5 million, while the United States came next with a bill of €5.7 million and Belgium, in third place, owed €4.9 million.
The Paris hospital association AP-HP is now working with Lebanon-based firm GlobeMed to recover those debts, Radio France International reported on Tuesday.