In sharp contrast to the indifference that long prevailed, French politicians have made their voices heard on aerospace matters in recent weeks. Right-wing French parliament member Bernard Carayon and his allies tried hard to convince Air France not to buy Boeing 787s and to plan instead on an Airbus-only fleet. Now left-wing parliament member Arnaud Montebourg, a presidential candidate, is submitting significantly more provocative ideas: He argues that Air France (and the Air France-KLM ...

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