FRENCH CONNECTION French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie was covering all fronts in a recent visit to India, pushing for state-owned Indian Airlines to award an $8-billion order for 43 aircraft to Airbus, while offering a number of defense projects to the Indian government. India has shown an interest in technology transfer deals for its Mirage fighters to fill the breach between the phasing out of old MiG-21 fighters and the introduction of the indigenously produced light combat ...

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