French Website Mediapart's Editor On Francois Hollande's Rafale Bombshell

Marsha Scott
September 23, 2018

There should be a joint parliamentary committee formed.

"We are absolutely convinced that the PM of India is corrupt".

Addressing a press conference Saturday, Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan hit out at Modi claiming that for the latter, business interests of friends was greater than the interest of the nation.

"PM Modi, Anil Ambani jointly carried out 130,000 cr "surgical strike" on defence forces", said Rahul in a tweet attacking Prime Minister.

The Minister said that the Indian government is not concerned about why former French President Francois Hollande said what he said. Modi Ji you dishonored the blood of our martyred soldiers.

India's opposition Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi said Hollande's comments were further proof that Modi had "betrayed India" in a "clear case of corruption".

"Cat's out of the Bag!"

At his rally in Dungarpur, Mr Gandhi had referred to the Rafale fighter deal with France and mocked PM Modi's assertions on tackling corruption. "What is the new lie that the government will put out in response to Mr Hollande?"

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"We want the Defence Minister to throw light on this", he added. Escalation of a mere 1100 crores. Come out and say that this (former) President of France (François Hollande) is not speaking the truth.

However, French sources say that Hollande, who Emmanuel Macron succeeded as president in May 2017, was motivated to speak out after an Indian media report revealed that the Reliance Group had part-funded a film venture by his domestic partner, French actress Julie Gayet.

FILE PHOTO: A Rafale fighter jet performs during the Aero India air show at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, India, February 18, 2015.

Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said, "By hiding crucial facts on Rafale deal, is Modi govt not endangering national security?" "Never before in history of independent India, has a party president used such words for a prime minister", ANI quoted him as saying.

Amid the outright denial of any wrongdoing in the Rafale deal by the Narendra Modi government, Former French President Francois Hollande dropped a bombshell by claiming that his government had no say in the selection of the Anil Ambani firm as a service partner.

The Congress has also been demanding answers from the government on why state-run aerospace major HAL was not involved in the deal as finalised during the UPA. We took the interlocutor who was given to us.

The spokesperson also said, "It is reiterated that neither the government nor the French government had any say in the commercial decision".

"In accordance with India's acquisition procedure, French companies have the full freedom to choose the Indian partner companies that they consider to be the most relevant, then present for the Indian government's approval the offsets projects that they wish to execute in India with these local partners so as to fulfill their obligations in this regard".

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