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France Inks Jet Sale To Egypt As Cairo Bombs Is - Yahoo News

Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya after 21 Egyptians beheaded French President Francois Hollande said the agreement -- clinched in only three months of negotiations -- provided Cairo with "a quality aircraft" and was important for Egypt "taking into account the threats existing around the country". - Catalyst for Rafale sales - With Libya wracked by instability to the west and the threat from militants linked to IS to the east, Egypt plays a key role in providing stability in a troubled region, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday. France is hoping the deal will act as a catalyst to unblock hoped-for sales to other countries. View gallery French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian looks at an assembly line of Rafale fighter jets in the f Trappier has said he is "very confident" that three years of exclusive talks with India on the sale of 126 Rafale jets worth 12 billion euros would soon result in a deal. He said talks were slow as Delhi wanted some of the jets manufactured at home in a bid to boost manufacturing. Paris is also eyeing possible deals with Qatar and Malaysia. "There is a psychological barrier that has been broken down," Trappier said in an interview with French business daily Les Echos. "In terms of our image, it will help us get over the line in other countries," he said. Attempts to sell the jet to countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Morocco, Switzerland and Brazil have seen the Rafale lose out to its foreign competitors. blog
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