Paris in a drone-shopping frenzy
The French authorities' procurement forecasts see the state buying more than a thousand drones of all sizes over the next decade, much to the delight of industrials. [...]
The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has carved a place for itself internationally as an alternative to Boeing thanks to the success of the A330, the A350 and the A380. The company is a merger of French, German and Spanish aircraft makers. As well as its civil activity it has military projects such as Eurofighter Typhoon, in partnership with BAE Systems, the A400M transport aircraft and also combat and transport helicopters. The company also has space programmes.
The Emirati investment fund Noor Capital, which gained prominence in early 2019 for trying to export tons of gold from Venezuela's reserves to the United Arab Emirates, has specialized in high-level financial transactions. Founded by former oil minister Mana Saeed Al Otaiba, Noor brings together assets of some of the largest trading families in the Emirates and the wider Gulf region. [...]