Paris (Agencies): France has suspended the sale of arms and tear gas to Egypt as an uprising to force the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak mounted.

The French Prime Minister's office says that the decision to suspend the sale of arms was made at a January 27 meeting.

According to the official, the meeting came two days after the French Customs service suspended authorisation to export equipment to maintain public order, notably explosive products such as tear gas.

France was embarrassed by an offer to share its know-how in maintaining order with Tunisia despite an uprising that ultimately pushed President El Abidine Ben Ali into exile.