Egypt won't sign Rafale jet deal during Macron visit: Elysee

French Navy Rafale fighter jets are seen aboard the upgraded "Charles de Gaulle" aircraft carrier off the coast of Toulon, France, November 14, 2018. Christophe Simon/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - 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.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Marine Pennetier; Writing by Richard Lough; editing by John Irish