France and Qatar ink 6.4 bln-euro contract for 24 Dassault fighter jets

President François Hollande travelled to Doha to sign the Rafale deal, the fighter plane's third foreign contract after sales to Egypt, India.

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France and Qatar signed a 6.3 billion-euro ($7.02 billion) deal on Monday for the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets, an accord President François Hollande hailed as a mark of Gulf Arab regard for French regional strategy including its firm line on Iran, reports Reuters.