The French electorate's rejection of the right-wing government of Alain Juppe has paralyzed plans for the long-waited consolidation of the French defense and aerospace industries. It also will have far-reaching implications for the entire European aerospace scene. The left wing's return to power and the Socialist-led government's program are raising doubts about France's ability to retain a strong role in the free-trade global economy. French President Jacques Chirac, who ...

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