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French soldiers and pilots work on a Rafale jet fighter at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France (Reuters)

A Rafale fighter jet flies over the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France (Reuters)

French soldiers and pilots work on a Rafale jet fighter at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France (Reuters)

A pilot trains on a Rafale jet fighter simulator at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France (Reuters)

French soldiers work on a Rafale jet fighter at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France (Reuters)

An engine of a Rafale jet fighter is pictured at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France taken August 31, 2015 (Reuters)

A French soldier works on a Rafale jet fighter at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France (Reuters)

Pilots train on a Rafale jet fighter simulator at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France 2015. (Reuters)

A Rafale fighter jet flies over the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French (Reuters)

French soldiers and pilots work on Rafale jet fighters at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French 31, 2015 (Reuters)

A view shows M88 engines, produced by Snecma and which power Rafale jet fighters, at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France (Reuters)

French soldiers prepare a jet fuel tank for a Rafale jet fighter at the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015. For decades a symbol of fruitless endeavours to sell French fighter jets abroad, the Mont-de-Marsan pilot training centre in southwestern France (Reuters)

A Rafale fighter jet takes off from the air base in Mont de Marsan, southwestern France, August 31, 2015 (Reuters)