French arms sales to Egypt: the risks of an opportunistic cooperation

At two different periods in History, France has been acting with opportunism and pragmatism on the Egyptian armament market. Since 2010, the situation seems to be favorable again as the amounts of the orders and of the delivered equipment are steadily rising. However, these arms transfers have occurred in a very turbulent period linked with a growing political instability and insecurity since Mohamed Morsi’s removal in the summer 2013. Therefore, the risks related to these arms exports are many. 

Crédit photo : Gonzalo Alonso / Dassault aviation / Licence Creative Commons