Manuel Valls seeks satellite success in Riyadh
After months of major tensions in Franco-Saudi defence business dealings, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls' upcoming visit to Riyadh may relieve the situation. [...]
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.
France's military export agency ODAS, which is headed by Admiral Edouard Guillaud, is under increasing pressure from the French ministry of defence and from key international clients who are unhappy about the way it is being run. Saudi defence minister fuming [...]