Published on 16 August 2017

Business moghul Ambani is key partner for defence contracts between France and India

Ambani is the key intermediary for the French military-industrial complex in India.

In just a few months, Indian business tycoon Anil Ambani has established himself as the key intermediary for virtually the whole of the French military-industrial complex in India. He has close relations with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who has been in power since 2014. Since then, Modi has signed several major contracts with French industrial groups partnered by Ambani. The leading one among them is Dassault, which signed a mega contract for the sale of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft with India in September 2016. Thanks to this and other contracts, the flamboyant business magnate has been able to restore his financial health after the failure of several large-scale ventures which have been carefully edited out of his officially biography. How has Ambani been able to win the loyalty of French business groups? Has he the financial solidity to meet the commitments he has taken on in the defence sector? Over the last 12 monts, Intelligence Online has taken a long, hard look at the connections of the man who has become the key channel for business between France and India. Read the results below.

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