French jet fighter deal with Egypt causes heartburn in Beijing

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By Miles Yu,

As the Egyptian Air Force jets were pounding ISIS targets in Libya to avenge the 21 beheaded Egyptian Christians, Cairo was signing a major deal with France to purchase 24 Dassault Rafale fighters.

Dassault Rafale jet fighter.
Dassault Rafale jet fighter.

It was one of the largest arms sales packages of the year, reportedly worth 5 billion Euros.

French President F. Hollande announced the Rafale deal in Paris on Feb. 16. Also included is the sale of a French made European multipurpose frigate [FREMM] and an unspecified number of missiles.

This is a crucial step for France’s Dassault Rafale program because it has become legendarily difficult to sell to other countries.

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