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France not involved in choice of Indian partners for Rafale: Full text

Rafale: The French government is in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners who have been, are being, or will be selected by French companies, says a statement issued by the French embassy in New Delhi.

France not involved in choice of Indian partners for Rafale: Full text
France has said it is not involved in choice of Indian partners for Rafale deal. (Source: Rafale Aviation)

The intergovernmental agreement signed on 23rd September 2016 between the French and Indian governments for supplying India with 36 Rafale aircraft concerns the obligations of the French government solely with regard to ensuring the delivery and quality of this equipment.

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Dassault Aviation issued a statement regarding Rafale contract for India.

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The French government is in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners who have been, are being, or will be selected by French companies. In accordance with India’s acquisition procedure, French companies have the full freedom to choose the Indian partner companies that they consider to be the most relevant, then present for the Indian government’s approval the offsets projects that they wish to execute in India with these local partners so as to fulfil their obligations in this regard.

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As it happens, agreements have already been signed by French companies with many Indian firms, both public and private, under the framework of Indian laws.