6 October 2015, 12:57 GMT
PARIS (Sputnik) — Egypt emerged as France’s replacement customer for Mistrals in September 2015 after Moscow and Paris had terminated the $1.3-billion contract in August as Paris accused Moscow of alleged participation in the internal conflict in Ukraine.
Russia received around $1 billion in compensation for the unfulfilled deal.
"I believe he will sign [the deal]. We concluded the agreement with Egypt three weeks ago, and its has to be finalized," Stéphane Le Foll told reporters.