France and Greece signed a military contract on Tuesday. Athens has ordered three frigates for several billion euros, ships to be built by Naval Group in Lorient.

Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Tuesday the signing of a military contract for the order by Athens of three frigates. This is part of the strengthening of the “strategic partnership” between France and Greece. These are Belharra frigates which will be built in Lorient, in Morbihan. The acquisition of these ships, for several billion euros, is a “testimony of confidence and demonstration of the quality of the French offer”, declared Emmanuel Macron.

The Greek Prime Minister also clarified that the contract also covered an option for an additional frigate. He specified that this agreement met “the needs of the Greek navy”. Athens had indeed launched last year a call for tenders for four frigates and the renovation of its Hydra frigates. The French company Naval Group had participated in it, opposed to the German TKMS, the Dutch Damen, the Italian Fincantieri and the American Lockheed Martin.

This is good news for Naval Group, which has the taste of revenge after the cancellation of the “contract of the century” for the construction of submarines. Australia preferred a partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom. Last March, Florence Parly, the Minister of the Armed Forces, had already announced in Lorient the order of an aircraft carrier and two frigates by the French State from Naval Group.

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