Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Another Dassault document gives fresh twist to Mediapart's Rafale story

New Delhi: A French aviation website has claimed to have accessed the internal Dassault document which was quoted earlier by the French publication Mediapart as the secret Dassault internal document.

However, it has published another similar document from Dassault which indicates that the top management of Dassault aviation was explaining to the confederation of French trade unions as to why a joint venture with an Indian company was mandatory "in the context of Make in India" clause.

Yves Pagot -- a Paris-based researcher, former Air Force official and defence writer -- published what he claims to be the same internal Dassault document presented by Dassault Aviation COO Loik Segalen before a French confederation of trade unions named Confédération générale du travail (CGT).

Earlier, the French journal Mediapart cited the alleged internal Dassault document to indicate that the offset partnership with Reliance was obligatory and mandatory for Dassault Aviation to sell Rafale jets to India. However, Mediapart never published the document.

While French aviation website Portail-Aviation has published this controversial document, it has also published another document which gives a different twist to this story.

The second document is claimed to be from a presentation made by Dassault before another French trade union -- Confédération française démocratique du travail (CFDT) -- which is the largest French trade union confederation.

The second document talks about Indian government's "Make in India" being "the inevitable consequence" of the deal "imposed" by India and hence "the Joint Venture with Reliance was created to attain this objective".

The second document, which is said to be part of Dassault's presentation before the largest French trade union confederation, mentioned the joint venture with Reliance only in the context of mandatory "Make in India" clause put by Government of India. "Here is the report, with another report from another union. It's up to you to make your own opinion" Pagot wrote in his post.

While French publication Mediapart didn't officially respond to this report, Mediapart's journalist Antton Rouget who filed the two-part investigative story on the Rafale deal told India Today, "It confirms precisely what we wrote, and contradicts Dassault's press release".
16/10/18 Ankit Kumar/India Today

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