PARIS (AP) - Human right groups are alleging that the French government and several private companies have supplied military and surveillance equipment that the Egyptian government uses to silence its citizens.

The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights and three other groups are calling for an immediate end to the sales and for a parliamentary inquiry.

They alleged in a report released on Monday that French products “have helped establish” a system of surveillance and control “that is being used to eradicate all forms of dissent and citizen action.”

France has sold warships, fighter jets, armored vehicles, missiles and surveillance technologies to Egypt in recent years.

Egypt has imposed a fierce crackdown on dissent since the military overthrow of an elected Islamist president in 2013.

Thousands of people have been jailed.

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