Turkey’s Anadolu news agency said that an old photo of a French warship was used by Egypt’s Defense Ministry to report on joint drills with France, while an Egyptian corvette was photoshopped into the image, .
According to Russia Today (RT) report, the statement on the exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, in which Egyptian corvette Tahya Misr and its French counterpart, F713 Aconit participated was posted on the Defense Ministry’s website and social media on Saturday.
The statement said that the joint training with France focused on “cooperation in conducting combat missions on the sea against naval forces of the enemy using live fire.
The drills showed that both Cairo and Paris were committed to “maritime security and stability in the Mediterranean Sea,” the statement, which was accompanied by a photo of the two ships in action, read.
According to media reports, the news was picked up by the media abroad and at home, with many Egyptian outlets also using the image from the Defense Ministry in their articles.
But Anadolu insisted that the Egyptian military was disseminating fake photos in relation to the drills with the French Navy. It said, “It was established that the image of the Egyptian military vessel was added to the photo of the French corvette F713 through photo editing.”
The journalists of Turkey even found the source photo of the Aconit and that it came from the US Navy’s website and was made during American-French naval drills back in 2013. There were no comments from either Cairo or Paris.
It is pertinent to mention here that last month, France accused the Turkish Navy of acting aggressively and preventing a French ship enforcing the arms embargo on Libya from inspecting a freighter in the Mediterranean.