Egypt won’t sign Rafale jet deal during Macron visit

France does not expect Egypt to finalize a deal to buy a further 12 Dassault Aviation-made Rafale fighter jets during President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the North African country next week, an official in the president’s office said.

“Egypt could complete its fleet of Rafale jets in the weeks or months to come but there will not be a signing of contracts during the president’s visit,” the official said.

It was reported by La Tribune that the French delegation will include industry leaders and may see the signature of an order for an additional 12 aircraft. Macron is due to visit Egypt between 27 and 29 January.

The planned Egyptian acquisition of 12 Rafale fighter aircraft has been in the making since November 2017. It was billed to be a follow-up sale to a February 2015 agreement for an Egyptian acquisition of 24 Rafale fighter jets.