After a disappointing showing in 2012, French arms exports grew to €6.3 billion ($8.5 billion) in 2013, a 30% increase compared with €4.8 billion the previous year. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attributes the jump in orders to eight major contracts valued at more than €200 million signed in 2013. During the previous year France signed just three such agreements, he said. Among large contracts signed in 2013 were for a pair of spy satellites built by Airbus Defense and ...

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