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France Hails 'historic' Jet Sale To Egypt Despite Rights Concerns - Yahoo News

He called it a "historic day" for the company, which has put tens of billions of euros and nearly three decades of development into the Rafale, the French airforce's prime combat jet. But one by one attempts to sell the jet to countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Morocco, Switzerland and Brazil have seen the Rafale lose out to foreign competition. A Dassault Aviation factory in visit Biarritz, southwestern France, April 30, 2014 (AFP Photo/Gaizka Iroz) - Overlooking rights abuses - The deal with Egypt is a coup for Dassault, but analysts say it is a decision which required overlooking some serious abuses by a regime which Paris sees as a stable partner in a chaotic region. With Libya to the west wracked by instability, and the threat from Islamic State-linked jihadists on its eastern flank, Egypt has become a strategic partner to France despite a rights record sullied by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's brutal crackdown on opponents. Didier Billion of the Paris-based Institute of Strategic and International http://www.dailystrength.org/people/3012250/journal/12312149 Relations said that after years of failure to sell its jet, "unfortunately France would have accepted selling to any country. . . you can have the best product in the world but if you can't sell it there is no use." He criticised a "lack of coherence" in sites France's policy of selling weapons after it delayed the sale of a warship to Russia which Paris accuses of backing the separatists in eastern Ukraine, putting at risk a 1.2-billion-euro contract.
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