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01-17-2013, 11:42 AM
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Is it absurd that I think France's recent gung ho military attitude in Northern Africa (Libya/Mali) has more to do with reviving the French defense industry then anything else?

For instance the French have used the Rafale fighter jet prominantly in conflicts and is currently trying to win massive Indian contract valued at $12B against the Eurofighter

Rafale sales have been pushed to various other countries (UAE , Kuwait , Brazil) after years of the market ignoring the Rafale and most French arms in favor of US/Russian/Swedish/German , etc

I dont know it seems odd that the French gov seems to be highlighting the Rafale in Mali operations so prominantly at same time they are pushing Indian deal

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