Egypt - Q&A - From the Press Briefing (30 September 2019)

Q - More than 2,200 people were arrested in Egypt in the space of a week following small demonstrations against President el-Sisi. Among them was the activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who neither demonstrated nor called for demonstrations. Several observers believe that this crackdown is creating a situation of instability. Insofar as France values Egypt’s stability, do you condemn this massive crackdown?

A -France is closely monitoring the situation in Egypt. It maintains a frank and demanding dialogue with the Egyptian authorities on human rights and, in this regard, expresses its commitment to respect for the freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate peacefully.

France values Egypt’s stability, which is crucial to the region.