According to sources close to the dossier, the two French Mistral warships, which were to be initially sold to Russia, could eventually be transferred to Egypt, which would finance part of this purchase through the assistance provided by the Gulf countries.
France has proceeded with the cancellation of the sale concluded in 2011, because of the situation in the eastern Ukrainian region where Russia is accused of arming the separatist forces. According to the Elysee, France will not have to pay penalties but will reimburse the amounts payed in advance by Russia, which amounts to slightly less than a billion euros.
The future of Mistral is now a thorny problem for the French government because the French navy has already built three of these warships and has neither the need nor the means to own others. Indeed, time works against France because the maintenance of these warships according to experts would cost between 1 and 2 million euros per month (cost of the dismantling of Russian equipment, babysitting fees, maintenance).
The focus of Paris are turning now to Egypt, eager to strengthen its arsenal to the growing instability of the region, and it describes the ongoing negotiations with Cairo as a “serious option”. The discussions come as the countries of the Middle Eastern region are maneuvering to strengthen their arsenals, especially since the signing of the Iranian nuclear agreement in mid-July between Tehran and Washington that worries the Gulf countries, noting the rising power of their regional rival.
French President Francois Hollande, who went to the opening ceremony of the extension of the Suez Canal in early August, and then discussed with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi prospects of deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries, saying the relations between France and Egypt were based on common interests: the fight against terrorism and security.
Egypt has now become a privileged partner of France and this year has already bought 24 aircraft “Rafale”, amounting to 5 billion euros and the acquisition of two Mistrals that can carry troops, armored vehicles and helicopters, can be directly used in military interventions that Cairo decides to wage against those who pose a threat to its security (Yemen, Hamas, Iran, but certainly not Israel ..).
It is deplorable to see that the weapons sold by the West in Muslim countries are systematically used against other Muslim countries, but never against the Zionist entity which has been responsible for all the ills of the region for decades.
The Anti-Zionist Party denounces the French double policy standard of canceling the sale of warships to Russia due to intervention in the Ukrainian conflict while it proposes to sell Egypt making it a participant in the unjust aggression against the Yemeni people.
President of the Anti-Zionist Party