'Accusing it of practicing "modern slavery," a French campaign group has filed a legal complaint against construction giant Vinci for grave mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar, the host country of the 2022 World Cup.
Vinci responded that it "totally refutes" the charges and will file a counter-suit against the group, Sherpa, for libel. Vinci's Qatar subsidiary QDVC has contracts worth 2.2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in the Gulf state.
Sherpa's complaint, if acted upon by French prosecutors, could increase pressure on Qatar and companies engaged there to improve conditions for guest workers. The rich Gulf state is relying on their muscle for massive public works that are transforming the capital, Doha, for the first World Cup in the Middle East.'