Under the guise of anti-terrorism, has the French state turned a blind eye to or even facilitated the arbitrary executions carried out by the Egyptian regime in order to buy tricolor weapons? This seems to be demonstrated by the disclosure of hundreds of documents classified by the NGO Disclose, in partnership with Télérama and the France 2 magazine Complément d´Enquête, broadcast this Thursday evening.

According to these investigations, Egypt has hijacked intelligence resources, provided by France to fight terrorism, to target civilians suspected of trafficking with Libya. French forces would have been involved in at least 19 bombings, between 2016 and 2018, causing dozens of deaths. Warned of this hijacking on multiple occasions by the Military Intelligence Directorate, the authorities would have let it happen. In 2014, they also authorized three French industrialists to supply Egypt with surveillance equipment intended to create an “Egyptian NSA”. The intelligence provided by this high-tech material would have enabled the arrest of opponents, as well as members of the LGBT community.

Underneath, these documents describe an “idyll”, born in the aftermath of the coup d’état that brought Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power in July 2013. One of the most repressive regimes in the world. According to the US State Department, 65,000 opponents are languishing in his jails and 3,000 others have “disappeared”. These privileged relationships started under the Hollande era and continued under Emmanuel Macron. At the end of 2020, the French President awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor to his counterpart, six months before an additional order for 30 Rafale aircraft.

Hyphen between the two five-year terms: Jean-Yves Le Drian. The foreign minister is suspected of being the architect of this “arms diplomacy”, intended to favor French suppliers to meet the new regime’s needs for equipment and to consolidate its power. As the parliamentary reports attest, Egyptian orders exploded from July 2013 to reach more than 5 billion euros in 2015. That year, Egypt became France’s second customer after Qatar.

Contacted, Jean-Yves Le Drian was unable to formulate a reaction, citing his multiple trips. This Thursday, he returned from an official visit to Jakarta, Indonesia to go, this Friday, to Rome, to sign the enhanced cooperation treaty between France and Italy. For her part, the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, announced the opening of an internal investigation.

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