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Export of war material - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (21.07.17)

Q - Is it the minister for the armed forces or the minister of foreign affairs who steers and fine-tunes the strategy for the export and sale of arms abroad?
A - The current rules relating to the export of arms are available on the France diplomatie website (in French):

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France is committed to the principle of national independence and mindful of the need to protect its interests in the world and uphold democratic values. It pays special attention to its defence policy and has constantly adapted it to changing threats and developments in the international environment.

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Rafale Marine in flight
during the Agapanthe exercise
in the Indian Ocean, spring 2004.
Photo: Sirpa Marine

The strategic situation has changed radically. There has been a lasting deterioration in the international situation with greater unpredictability, a very substantial aggravation of risks stemming from the continuing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and a shift in the scale of terrorist threats. Europe’s defence policy has developed with France’s active support and implies a greater commitment to building up European military capabilities.

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