French Catastrophe: “Mistral” & “Rafale” Contract Scandals


August 9th, 2015

Rusvesna, Translated by Soviet Bear

French President Francois Hollande has a policy
that harms the economy, writes the French media.

In particular, it
concerns the failure of two very important deals for Paris – a contract for the
supply of two Russian helicopter carriers of the “Mistral” type and
the contract for the sale of 126 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters to India.

This week it was
officially announced that Moscow and Paris terminated the contract for delivery
of two helicopter carriers of the “Mistral”, built by order of the
Russian Federation. Elysee Palace was forced to pay more than € 1,1 billion. Says
the French newspaper “Boulevard Voltaire”, Hollande does not care about the
money issue.

“The insult that
Francois Hollande struck Vladimir Putin by refusing to carry out the contract
for the supply of “Mistrals” will cost France billions. But he (the
French president.) – is a Socialist, and money mean nothing to him”, – quotes Sputnik.

In addition, in late
July the deal between Paris and New Delhi, India, to supply 126 multi-role
fighters Dassault Rafale was disrupted. The deal is estimated at $ 20 billion.

Indian authorities
said they made the decision to abandon the French aircraft. As the Boulevard
Voltaire quotes Rafale fighter jets “proved to be a mirage which dissolves in
the bottomless pit of stupid decisions of the French government.”

The publication
stresses that the incompetence of the French authorities is pushing the country
to the brink of the abyss, but getting out of this abyss will take decades.

Double fiasco became
“political and economic catastrophe” for France, which is desperately
trying to become a reliable supplier of arms.

Boulevard Voltaire
emphasizes that this disaster was the result of mindless strategy of Foreign
Ministry of the country, as well as “reckless policies of Hollande in

In addition, the
publication puts the blame on the president for his “absurd anti-Russian
policy which has led to the loss of many millions for French farmers as a
result Russian product embargo.”

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