French minister says new Franco-German fighter top priority

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French minister says new Franco-German fighter top priority
French minister says new Franco-German fighter top priority   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022

PARIS – A senior French minister reaffirmed backing for a new Franco-German-led fighter jet project on Wednesday after conflicting comments over the next stage of the $100 billion venture.

FCAS remains an absolutely top-level Franco-German ambition,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Reuters on the sidelines of a European space meeting.

He was responding when asked about comments by the head of France’s Dassault Aviation, who last week played down a Berlin government announcement that France, Germany and Spain had agreed the next phase. Dassault has been at odds with Airbus, which represents Germany and Spain in the project.