To commemorate Armistice Day yesterday, the French Ambassador to Athens made a moving statement to emphasize the friendship between Greece and France during a memorial service a military cemetery.
The French Embassy said that it “honors its victims in Greece and every battlefield in a tweet made.
This was followed by French Ambassador to Athens Patrick Maisonnave saying “France is not alone against attacks, it can rely on its allies and Greek friends.”
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the World War I ceasefire signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France at 5:45am to end hostilities on the Western Front.
Greek and French ties have begun flourishing off the back of Turkey’s continued aggression against not only Greece, but also Cyprus.
Meanwhile, France will order “by the end of the year” 12 additional Rafale fighter jets to replace the twelve aircraft that will be taken from the French Air Force inventory and supplied to Greece,” French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told Parliament’s Defense Committee last month.
“We fully intend, by the end of the year, to award an order, in parallel with the order for the aircraft ordered by Greece, for up to 12 aircraft for the Air and Space Force,” the minister told MPs during the hearing.
The contract with Greece will be signed by the end of the year and will result in 12 Rafale being taken from the French Air and Space Force fleet next year for delivery to Greece.
These aircraft will be replaced in French service by the 12 new-build aircraft.
France will also order six additional new-build Rafales for Greece, which is buying a total of 18 Rafales. The Rafale contract with Greece is worth between “one and two billion euros,” according to AFP.