- Title: Greece buys three new French frigates in boost for European defence
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 28, 2021) (REUTERS) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, WALKING OUT OF ELYSEE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE MACRON STANDING BY ELYSEE STEPS CAR CARRYING GREEK PRIME MINISTER, KYRIAKOS MITSOTAKIS, ARRIVING AT ELYSEE COURTYARD / MACRON WALKING DOWN STEPS, GREETING AND SHAKING HANDS WITH MITSOTAKIS / MACRON AND MITSOTAKIS WALKING UP STEPS, WAVING, ENTERING ELYSEE FRENCH AND EUROPEAN FLAGS ON ELYSEE FACADE GREEK DEFENCE MINISTER, NIKOLAOS PANAGIOTOPOULOS, GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER, NIKOS DENDIAS, FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER, JEAN-YVES LE DRIAN, AND FRENCH DEFENCE MINISTER, FLORENCE PARLY, SIGNING DEFENCE DEAL DENDIAS AND LE DRIAN DURING SIGNING VARIOUS OF SIGNING TAKING PLACE MINISTERS STANDING AMID APPLAUSE AFTER SIGNING FRENCH, EU AND GREEK FLAGS MACRON AND MITSOTAKIS GIVING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "This partnership is in perfect coherence and in full respect of our commitments to the European Union and to NATO, by reinforcing their effectiveness for the protection of our territories and by allowing us to act more efficiently and in a more coordinated manner together for peace and security in the Mediterranean, in the Middle East, in Africa and in the Balkans. It contributes to European independence, to the strengthening of Europe's sovereignty and to international peace and security." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "It allows for the deepening of French-Hellenic cooperation on strategic matters in terms of foreign policies, military, as well as the defence industry, which has translated directly to the Greek decision to acquire Rafale fighter jets, and by your announcement today, Mr. Prime Minister, to acquire for Greece three Belharra frigates, built in France in Lorient, which proves and demonstrates the quality of our relationship." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "Greece is in the frontlines in a region that is tormented, where geopolitical and energy interests are major, for Greece, for Europe, for France. So, it is legitimate that we are committing to help Greece to arm itself, to ensure its territorial integrity and interests are respected, and also that we are committing to cooperate to protect it in case of intrusion, attack or aggression." MITSOTAKIS SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (French) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, KYRIAKOS MITSOTAKIS, SAYING: "Mr. President, history ties us together, just as geography, the Mediterranean and Europe, for which we are building a better future. Working for Europe, that is our mission, and for others, that is the mission submitted to us by the shadow of the Acropolis." NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING, MITSOTAKIS AND MACRON SHAKING HANDS, THEN LEAVING
- Embargoed: 12th October 2021 09:31
- Keywords: France Greece Le Drian Macron Mitsotakis Parly Rafale deal defence
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWMWFGN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Greece signed a deal with France on Tuesday (September 28) to buy three new frigates as Paris seeks to bounce back from the loss of a big submarine contract with Australia.
The accord, part of a broader strategic military and defence cooperation pact, comes after Athens had already ordered some 24 Dassault-made Rafale fighter jets this year, making it the first European Union country to buy the fighter jet.
"It contributes to European security, to the strengthening of Europe's strategic autonomy and sovereignty, and thus to international peace and security," French President Emmanuel Macron told a news conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Mitsotakis told reporters the deal shows that history and well as geographic and European interests tie Greece and France together.
Under Tuesday's agreement Athens agreed to buy three frigates with an option to buy a fourth for about 3 billion euros, a Greek government source told Reuters.
French media reported the deal with Greece could worth be as much as 5 billion euros ($5.86 billion), easing some of the pain for Naval Group, the company that had been due to build submarines under the lost multi-billion-euro deal with Canberra.
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