Egypt, France sign warships deal as PM starts Arab tour

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) gestures next to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a ceremony to sign military contracts at the presidential palace in Cairo on October 10, 2015Egypt signed a deal with France Saturday to buy two Mistral warships originally ordered by Russia as French Prime Minister Manuel Valls began an Arab tour. Valls arrived in Cairo at the start of visits to three nations aimed at boosting economic ties and holding talks on regional conflicts, and met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The Mistrals contract illustrates the rapprochement Paris has had with the regime of former army chief Sisi, who ousted elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and has since cracked down on his supporters and on all opposition.

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