'Rafale Papers’: the explosive documents in France-India jets deal

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In this final report in a three-part investigation into the controversial sale by France to India of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft, Mediapart reveals, with hitherto unpublished documents, how an influential Indian business intermediary was secretly paid millions of euros by Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation and French defence electronics firm Thales. They succeeded in removing anti-corruption clauses from the fighter contract which was subsequently signed by then French defence minister, now foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian. Yann Philippin reports.

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It was on March 26th 2019 in New Delhi when officers from India’s Enforcement Directorate, a government agency tasked with fighting economic crime and money laundering, arrested Sushen Gupta, an influential intermediary in arms deals. After spending two months in preventive detention, he was charged with “money laundering” and released on bail.