French Defence Industry Pushes for Government Help
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French Defence Industry Pushes for Government Help

12 Jul 2007

The French defence industry is lobbying politicians for more assistance in securing lucrative foreign contracts. In an industry white paper, firms have demanded a stronger political push to help them win contracts, as well boost in research spending from €750m to €1bn to help

The French defence industry is lobbying politicians for more assistance in securing lucrative foreign contracts.

In an industry white paper, firms have demanded a stronger political push to help them win contracts, as well boost in research spending from €750m to €1bn to help them gain a technological edge, news agency Reuters reports.

The white paper is the beginning of a lobbying campaign ahead of a major review of French defence strategy expected in 2008.

Dassualt Aviation chief executive Charles Edelstenne told a news conference politicians in other countries such as the US and Germany helped to win orders, but France’s priority was diplomatic success, not exports.

“Exports have not been mobilised as a national priority, with each minister wearing the words ‘export, export, export’ stamped on his forehead,” he said.