Rafale deal: French govt says not involved in choice of Indian partners

Not Involved In Choice Of Indian Partners For Rafale Deal Says French Govt

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Could it not be possible that the Indian PM after announcing the Rafale deal, offhandedly and informally mentioned to Hollande in their one-on-one meeting in the Elysee Palace that the French President may care to consider Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as possible offsets partner for Dassault?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi locks the then French President Francois Hollande in a hug in Chandigarh on January 24, 2016.

Further Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation also made it clear that the partnership with Reliance was their own choice, in a press statement the aircraft manufacturer said, "This is Dassault Aviation's choice, as CEO Eric Trappier had explained in an interview published in MINT newspaper on April 17, 2018". Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokespersons have already taken the line that Hollande had falsely alleged that New Delhi had done Ambani a favour, in order to deflect charges that he had done the favour himself, as a quid pro quo for the financing extended to Gayet.

Mocking Gandhi, Prasad said, "One can not expect anything better from someone who has become the president of the Congress purely because of his family and not because of talent or ability".

"I am totally mystified by Hollande's action", a former Indian ambassador to France said.

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"We had no say in this regard". The Indian government proposed this service group, and Dassault negotiated with Ambani.

"We had no choice. We worked with the interlocutor that was given", said Hollande.

"It is very important for the Prime Minister of India now to either accept Mr Hollande's statement and say yes what he is telling the truth".

However, contradicting this, defence sources on Thursday claimed disagreements between HAL and Dassault Aviation had led to the collapse of negotiations between the two in the Rafale fighter plane deal during the UPA term.

"Because, for the first time probably in Indian history, an ex-French President is calling our Prime Minister a thief". Today they are blaming Hon'ble PM Modi, who has run India's most honest Govt!

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India's prime minister was under fire over allegations of corruption in a military jet deal with France after comments by former French President François Hollande. "We are absolutely convinced that the prime minister is corrupt... What else can you expect from a leader who has become President of a party not because of any ability but simply because he is the product of a dynasty".

The statement by the French government issued here by the embassy late on Friday came after Hollande claimed in a media report that the Indian government had suggested a particular private firm for the Rafale offset contract.

In a statement, Dassault Aviation said it made a decision to partner with Reliance Defence in accordance with the policy of "Make in India". Hollande's interest in clearing his name of the taint of possible quid pro quo by shifting the blame for the offsets partner selection by Dassault to the Indian government, is obvious enough. "Out on bail, Rahul Gandhi & his family have always been the primary source of corruption in the country". There is clear-cut corruption in the Rafale deal. And how can I tell him you can say this and you cannot say that.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has been targeting Modi sarkar over Rafale deal with France, has now got a shot in the arm.

The ongoing controversy over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force that India signed with the French in 2016 at an estimated cost of over $9.2 billion and widely described as "Mother of all deals" is therefore, understandable.

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