While diplomatic and trade relations between France and Egypt are at their worst since January 2019, it seems that Turkey's actions in Libya and the Mediterranean have finally brought Cairo and Paris closer, annoyed by Ankara's interference in the region. In any case, this is what Michel Cabirol, from the newspaper "La Tribune", always well informed on this matter.
From 2013, France quickly became one of the main arms suppliers to Egypt. In a few years, Paris sold to Cairo two Mistral type helicopter carriers, a FREMM frigate, four Gowind corvettes (three of which are locally produced) and twenty-four Rafale fighter jets, all with options for two additional Corvettes and twelve Rafale.
2019: the divorce between France and Egypt
But, for nearly two years, relations between France and Egypt have been at their worst and arms sales, essential to the French defense industry, have been suddenly stopped. Two reasons are regularly mentioned to explain the Egyptian turnaround:
- On the one hand, following the very numerous purchases made in a short time, the credits granted by France very quickly reached their maximum ceiling.
- On the other hand, Egyptian power would not have not at all appreciated French President Emmanuel Macron's comments in Cairo on human rights.
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