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Former French president, Francois Hollande says Indian govt chose Anil Ambani as Rafale partner

Hollande: “We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us”

By Ajai Shukla
Business Standard, 22nd Sept 18

The government’s repeated denials that Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group got special favours in the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters lay in tatters on Friday with former French president, Francois Hollande, revealing that New Delhi nominated Ambani as the Indian offset partner.

Hollande was the French president in April 2015 who hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Paris when the latter publicly announced his decision to buy 36 Rafales from Dassault in “flyaway” condition.

The Rafale deal has come under concerted attack from the opposition, which has charged the government with paying an inflated price; with endangering national security by cancelling an on-going tender for 126 Rafales; and with facilitating the selection of The Reliance Group as a partner to Dassault. 

Asked by French news website, Mediapart, “Who selected Reliance as a partner and why?” Hollande responded: “We did not have a say on this subject"

"It was the Indian government who proposed this service group (The Reliance Group), and Dassault who negotiated with Ambani. We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us," said Hollande.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) defenders of the Rafale deal, notably Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, have repeatedly rejected opposition charges of “crony capitalism” to favour Ambani. They have claimed that, in accordance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), Dassault chose the Indian offset partner of its own choice. 

On Friday, with Sitharaman unavailable to comment, her spokesperson tweeted: “The report referring to [former] French president Mr. Hollande's statement that GOI (Government of India) insisted upon a particular firm as offset partner for the Dassault Aviation in Rafale is being verified. It is reiterated that neither GoI nor French Govt had any say in the commercial decision.”

While all 36 Rafale fighters are being manufactured in France, an offset requirement, which is a part of all Indian defence procurements worth more than Rs 2,000 crore, requires French companies that build the Rafale – Dassault, Thales and Safran – to plough back 50 per cent of the contract value into Indian defence production.

That means offsets arising from the Euro 7.8 billion contract for 36 Rafale fighters require the French vendors to plough back Euro 3.9 billion worth of business into Indian defence industry.

To benefit from offsets business, The Reliance Group formed a joint venture with Dassault, called Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL). While the Congress has charged DRAL with cornering the bulk of the Rafale-linked offsets, The Reliance Group – in a series of legal injunctions issued to various media houses – has claimed that it benefited only from Euro 778 million worth of business.

So far the French government, which has enormous economic and strategic stakes in letting the Rafale purchase go through smoothly, has remained silent on the Indian government’s “nomination” of DRAL as a key offset partner.

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. Hollande wanted to make clear there was no quid pro quo with Ambani.

"This group [The Reliance Group] did not have to give me any thanks for anything, I could not even imagine that there was any connection to a film by Julie Gayet,” said Hollande in the interview.



4 comments:

  1. CKD SKD KIND OF SHOPS WERE EARLIER SET UP TO GARNER INCOME TAX BENEFITS BY MNCs IN BACKWARD AREAS.

    SOPHISTICATED AND PATENTED R&DTECHNOLOGY WILL NOT BE PROVIDED UNDER OFFSETS// MAKE IN INDIA BY RAFALE

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  2. WHY DID WE NOT TAKE THE EURO FIGHTER OFFER FOR 20% DISCOUNT. RAFALE HAD LIMITED ORDERS BACK IN 2013-14....THEY WOULD HAVE HAD TO COME TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE ONCE AGAIN.

    FURTHER FLY AWAY RAFALES FROM FRANCE SHOULD BE CHEAPER THAN CO PRODUCTION IN INDIA.

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    1. Because the ratshakers discussion xoncludco that the Rafale was better. Don't you know, the Indian MOD takes advise and makes decisions on what the NRI ratshakers say?

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  3. One thing is clear our PM is lying because he is corrupt, promote crony capitalism.

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