LE BOURGET — A slowdown in French R&D spending halted several new missile programs last year. The 2013 defense white paper pledges support for all of them once more, but the money still has to be secured. Earlier this year MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier said a critical juncture had been reached in Anglo-French relations because France had failed to make vital budget decisions on some key industrial programs. Bouvier was loudest in his criticism of France’s failure to properly support ...


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