Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Cairo on Monday. The two leaders met in the capital, in order to sign around 30 agreements between Egypt and France reportedly worth hundreds of million of dollars.
Speaking during a joint address, President Macron pushed Sisi on the issue of alleged human rights abuses in Egypt. “Things have gotten worse since October 2017,” said Macron, referring to a previous visit by Sisi to Paris.
“I cannot act as if nothing has happened, on this topic I consider that having a demanding dialogue about human rights is a goal coherent with our goal,” he added.
When asked by a reporter about the use of force by police during the ongoing ‘yellow vest’ protests in Paris, Macron said, “the freedom to demonstrate is constitutionally guaranteed in our country, and we have every intention of protecting it.”
“As you saw, demonstrations were never prohibited, individuals, thugs and extremists joined the movement, they committed acts of violence, they ransacked shops and buildings and they committed violent acts against security forces and other persons,” he added.