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Amount of arms already in Libya diminished role of UN embargo (Photo: unsmil.unmissions.org)

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Why do EU arms end up in Libya despite UN ban?

Amount of arms already in Libya diminished role of UN embargo (Photo: unsmil.unmissions.org)

French arms sold to Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) risk ending up in Libya, in violation of a UN ban.

But if the war is one of "who dares wins", then should EU states resort to realpolitik despite their code of good behaviour?

Those were the questions posed by the latest EU figures, which showed France granted permits worth €14.1bn for arms deals with Egypt in 2018.

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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