#AceFinanceNews – PARIS – May 30 – France will go ahead with the sale of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia‘s navy despite US pressure to halt the deal, the French Defence Ministry told ITAR-TASS on Friday.
Contract liabilities will be honoured and finalised in October-November, the ministry’s press service said, confirming comment by President Francois Hollande visiting Berlin earlier this month.
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has also announced that the deal with go through, noting on a visit to Washington that Russia “had already paid more than half” of the contract cost and that “according to law, there is no possibility to say ‘no’ to the deal.”
He added, however, that France would take “a final decision” on this issue in October. “Let’s wait and see what the situation and legal regime will be like,” Fabius noted, referring to European Union sanctions on Russia over events in Ukraine.
The US has interfered with the France-Russia deal on the Mistral helicopter carrier: a group of democratic members of the Congress has sent a letter to NATO’s secretary general urging to persuade Paris to refuse from the deal with Moscow and to sell the warships to NATO. The initiative was supposed to become a “strong signal” to Russia concerning Ukraine.
The US has made several attempts to scuttle the contract, where the French authorities confirm the obligations are observed properly. France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said during his visit to Washington in May, Russia had paid over half the contract price and thus no legal grounds existed for saying “no.”
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#AceFinanceNews – FRANCE – April 10 – (ID) – An 89-year-old industrialist and politician, son of Marcel Dassault aircraft suspected of bribing voters.
Serge Dassault placed under investigation in the framework of the case of bribery at elections in Corbeil-Eson (a southern suburb of Paris).
Such a decision in respect of the senator took the judge.
Suspicions investigators linked, in particular, with the possible participation of Dassault illegal schemes to finance the campaign, exceeding the permissible level of campaign expenditures, as well as direct bribing of voters.
Presumably, all of these violations occurred in several elections of Corbeil-Eson in the period from 2008 to 2010.
Serge Dassault from 1986 to 2000 he was the aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation, founded by his father, and now is its honorary chairman. In the Senate, he is Esonov department from which stretch from 2004, he was elected to the upper house. City Hall Corbeil-Eson in the same department he headed from 1995 to 2009.
Guardian reported February 19 2014 – Dassault, who owns the country’s main conservative newspaper, Le Figaro, is ranked by Forbes magazine as France’s fourth richest man, and the 69th richest in the world, with an estimated fortune of €13bn (£10.7bn).
Investigators suspect him of operating an extensive system of vote-buying that influenced the outcome of three mayoral elections in Corbeil in 2008, 2009 and 2010, which were won either by Dassault or by his successor and close associate, Jean-Pierre Bechter http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/19/france-serge-dassault-vote-buying
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