How French warplanes sold to Egypt helped Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar

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In April 2019 the self-styled 'Field Marshal' Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive against the regime in Tripoli which is acknowledged by the international community as Libya's legitimate government. Yet during his recent military campaign to control the east of the country, the warlord has had the discreet help of several important allies, including France. And as Yann Philippin, René Backmann and Antton Rouget report, Haftar also received air support from French-made Rafale jets which had been sold to Egypt.

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France's role in offering discreet help to the warlord who is now aiming to topple the internationally-recognised government in Libya has been highlighted in an investigation partnered by Mediapart.