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France wins Saudi defence deal: Report
France wins a billion euro defence contract with Saudi Arabia
AFP , Thursday 29 Aug 2013
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France has won a billion euro defence contract with Saudi Arabia to overhaul four frigates and two refuelling ships, sources said on Thursday.

A source close to the matter confirmed a report on the La Tribune website saying negotiations that had dragged on for years were now over.

The upkeep deal involves French weapons and systems makers, Thales, DCNS and MBDA and would overhaul vessels that date back to the 1980s.

None of the companies involved wished to comment, but La Tribune reported that the launch of work could come as early as September and would precede a visit to the kingdom by French President Francois Hollande this autumn.





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Ernest Dempsey
03-09-2013 07:33am
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France and US paid mercenaries?
Who's surprised? US had a recent 1 billion dollar deal with Saudi and now France the same - literally, Sunni fundmentalist alliance is paying western powers to destroy a Shia state. Must be a "holy war" hunh?
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Jon Cloke
02-09-2013 04:59pm
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Syria Explained
Well that explains M. Hollande's desperation to kill a few more hundred muslims in Syria then, given that the Kingdom of Saud is an avowed enemy of the Assad regime. That, of course, and the dreadful mess M. Hollande has made of the French economy, precipitating an urgent need for an 'external enemy' to divert attention from the train-crash that is the French economy... That's the good thing about the Middle East - you can always find an 'urgent threat to the national interest' when you need one!
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