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France Permits Shipment of Heavy Armaments to Leave for Egypt

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“An important quantity” of tanks and heavy guns left Marseilles last Saturday for Egypt, it was confirmed here today despite the fact that the French Government announced earlier this week that it was banning arms shipment to Egypt.

It is understood that the ban concerns only light arms that might find their way from Egypt to anti-French rebels in North Africa, but not to heavy armaments which the Egyptian Government is now buying in preparation for war with Israel.

The Egyptian Ambassador to Paris conferred this week with Premier Guy Mollet and Foreign Minister christian Pineau. It was indicated in French circles that M. Mollet told the Cairo envoy that “energetic steps” would be taken by France if Egypt did not show “concrete steps” of pro-French friendship within the next 15 days.

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