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French wheat cargo loads for Egypt as war curbs Black Sea supplies

PARIS, March 15 (Reuters) - A vessel is loading about 30,000 tonnes of wheat in France bound for Egypt, according to shipping data, in what traders said was a rare French sale to Egypt's private sector as Russia's invasion of Ukraine squeezes supply availability for importers.

Egypt, one of the world's largest wheat importers, mainly sources foreign supplies from Russia, Ukraine and Romania via the Black Sea, with imports spread between government agency GASC and the private milling industry.

The Clipper Dee bulk carrier is loading at Rouen, the northern French port that is France's biggest grain export terminal, shipping data showed.

France, the European Union's biggest wheat exporter, is an occasional supplier to GASC but traders say it has not been known to serve Egypt's private sector in recent years.

(Reporting by Gus Trompiz, Michael Hogan and Sarah El Safty; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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