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France suspends arms sales to Egypt

By the CNN Wire Staff
A woman holds a poster with a picture of former Egyptian President Nasser at a protest in Paris on February 5.
A woman holds a poster with a picture of former Egyptian President Nasser at a protest in Paris on February 5.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Paris won't send weapons or tear gas to the country, the prime minister's office says
  • It's not clear what effect that will have on protests
RELATED TOPICS
  • Egypt
  • France

Paris (CNN) -- France suspended the sale of arms and tear gas to Egypt, a spokeswoman for French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Sunday.

It's not clear how much effect the move will have on Egypt, which has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations for nearly two weeks.

France did not deliver any arms to the country between 2005 and 2008, according to a U.S. Congressional report.

The United States is Egypt's largest arms supplier by far, delivering $4.8 billion in weaponry to the country in that period.

China was second with $500 million in deliveries, according to the Congressional Research Service report, "Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2001-2008," published in September 2009.

CNN's Eleonora Corsini contributed to this report.