In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 photo, Leila Leghmara answers reporter at her apartment, in Paris. Qatar, with the world's third-largest gas reserves, has been on a spending spree in Fra

 

              In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 photo, Leila Leghmara answers reporter at her apartment, in Paris. Qatar, with the world
In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 photo, Leila Leghmara answers reporter at her apartment, in Paris. Qatar, with the world's third-largest gas reserves, has been on a spending spree in France and elsewhere in the West in recent years. The oil-rich state less than the size of Connecticut has exerted an outsized influence as a global bankroller, putting it at the cutting edge of an accelerating power shift between traditional Western powers and emerging economies. As Europe is engulfed in crisis, Qatar has been on a global spending spree, buying stakes in luxury brands, acquiring soccer club Paris St. Germain and financing London's "Shard" , the EU's tallest building. Now, to the consternation of the French, the emirate wants to make a major humanitarian investment in the West. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)