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France Hails 'historic' Jet Sale To Egypt Despite Rights Concerns - Yahoo News

A Dassault Aviation factory in Biarritz, southwestern France, April 30, 2014 (AFP Photo/Gaizka Iroz) - Overlooking rights abuses - The deal with Egypt is a coup for Dassault, but analysts say it is a decision which required overlooking some serious abuses by a regime which Paris sees as a stable partner in a chaotic region. With Libya to the west wracked by instability, and the threat from Islamic State-linked jihadists on its eastern flank, Egypt has become a strategic partner to France despite a rights record sullied by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's brutal crackdown on opponents. Didier Billion of the Paris-based Institute of Strategic and http://quinnonlineplace.blog.fc2.com International Relations said that after years of failure to sell its jet, "unfortunately France would have accepted selling to any country. . . Kim Kardashian you can have the best product in the world but if you can't sell it there is no use." He criticised a "lack of coherence" in France's policy of selling weapons after it delayed the sale of a warship to Russia which Paris accuses of backing the separatists in eastern Ukraine, putting at risk a 1.2-billion-euro contract. Sisi was elected president in May 2014 with 96.91 percent of the vote a year after toppling the country's first freely elected leader, Islamist Mohamed Morsi.
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