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India/implementation of the Rafale project

Published on February 2, 2012
Reply given by François Fillon, Prime Minister, to a question in the National Assembly (excerpts)

Paris, January 31, 2012

It is indeed very good news for the company Dassault, for France and for French industry. (…)

We could share together the honour India has done our country in choosing this plane. It’s especially good news because the competition was extremely tough: we were, of course, up against the American aeronautical industry, whose costs, as everyone knows, are lower than ours due to the level of the dollar but also to national production on a larger scale; we were also in competition with the Russian aeronautical industry, the Swedish aeronautical industry and, in the final straight, with Eurofighter.

It’s the first time the company Dassault and France have managed to sell this plane abroad. It’s a reward for the excellence of the French aeronautical industry, the tenacity of both the manufacturer and the French government, but also the personal commitment of President Sarkozy, who wanted India to be engaged with France in a strategic partnership, which has led to our discussing today not only the supply of fighter planes but also the construction of two EPR nuclear reactors. It gives you an idea of how promising the ties, the relations between France and that great emerging country are for the future.

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