Egyptian president visits France, human rights one topic

The illegitimate referendum faced sharp opposition from most regional and global actors (including the US, Turkey and Iran), who warned that the poll would distract from Iraq's fight against terrorism and further destabilize the region.

Egypt is now so unsafe that huge swathes are off-limits to tourists with the Foreign Office advising against all travel in some areas and all but essential travel in others.

The meeting comes as part of President Sisi's busy agenda Tuesday, which includes meetings with high level French officials and two French companies, one of them is Naval Group and the other is specialized in railways.

The French presidency said in a statement that France is "particularly vigilant" about human rights issues.

"Continuing to support Egypt's repressive government would betray the country's courageous activists, who face great risks trying to make their country better".

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Under the former Socialist government, France had signed in 2015, a 5.6-billion-euro (6.58 billion-U.S. dollar) accord to provide Cairo with 24 Rafale combat jets.

"President Macron should not miss the chance to make a first impression on Sisi that Egypt's human rights record will not be given a pass", said Bénédicte Jeannerod, France director at HRW.

Sisi will meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Élysée Palace to discuss more military cooperation between the two countries in addition to developments in the Palestinian case, and the situations in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

French authorities see Egypt as a key country in efforts to stabilize the troubled region.

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