Sources close to the case confirmed the information “disclosed” from the investigating media. Cairo is a major customer of the French weapons industry. In 2015, Egypt was the first country to purchase Rafale.
The flagship product of the French defense aviation industry has achieved new export success. A source familiar with the matter told AFP on Monday (May 3) that Egypt is expected to order another 30 Rafale fighters. disclose. Egypt is a major customer of the French arms industry and the first foreign country to purchase the Rafale (24 aircraft) in 2015.
Aircraft manufacturer Dassault did not want to comment on this information immediately.A French government source mentioned “Very in-depth discussion [qui] It did happen in Egypt.” “The announcement may be made soon.”, Agence France-Presse said.
According to the disclosed details discloseFrance, Egypt and Egypt signed a contract worth 3.95 billion euros on April 26, including the sale of 30 Rafale fighter jets, and two other contracts for MBDA missiles and Safran Electronics and defense services. The Egyptian delegation will sign the agreement in Paris on Tuesday.
“It is up to the customer to communicate about this type of order, but if this announcement is confirmed, it will be a huge success for French industry and French employment.”On Monday, Cédric Perrin, deputy chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces, reacted.
The sale will confirm the success of French fighter jets in the later but real export. In 2016, Egypt, Qatar (36 airplanes) and India (including 36 airplanes) ordered the aircraft, which are suspected of serious corruption. The aircraft was sold to Greece in January for 18 copies, including 12 used aircraft. Dassault Aviation hopes that the next few months may be very good: Rafales will compete in Switzerland, Finland and Croatia.
according to discloseEgypt cited Egyptian government documents detailing the terms of the contract. Egypt has obtained up to 85% of loans guaranteed by France to finance these purchases, causing French taxpayers to default on payments.
Although Paris declared that it hopes to refocus its arms exports to Europe, Egypt is still one of the main recipients of French military equipment. If in the early 2010s, exports represented only tens of millions of euros, then with Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi coming to power in 2014, especially between 2014 and 2016, due to the sale of a frigate Rafale, their exports Significantly increased, 4 frigates and 2 Mistral helicopter carriers.
According to the annual report submitted to the parliament, from 2010 to 2019, Egypt imported 7.7 billion euros worth of weapons from France, making Cairo the fourth largest customer country for weapons and equipment.
But French President Emmanuel Macron (Emmanuel Macron) expressed concerns about the human rights situation in Egypt at a joint press conference held with his colleagues in January 2019, which affected the relationship between France and “Egypt”. good relationship. The latter has not concluded a new contract since then, as his deputy Jacques Maire noted in a report on arms export controls in November.
The most recent signs of warming are that President Sisi was awarded in December 2020 by Emmanuel Macron, who awarded him the Grand Cross of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor in France.