French arms contracts

UAE signs ‘historic’ deal to buy 80 French-made Rafale fighter jets

International — Link

France said the deal for the jets plus 12 Caracal helicopters is worth around €17 billion.

The French firms servicing UAE’s Mirage jets used in support of Libyan warlord

International — Investigation

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is actively involved in Libya’s civil war in support of warlord Khalifa Haftar’s campaign to topple the UN-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli. That military support involves the deployment of the UAE’s French-built Mirage fighter planes, which are suspected of firing missiles at civilian sites, representing potential war crimes. Those same aircraft are given technical maintenance and upgrades by French defence firms acting with government approval, raising serious questions about France’s compliance with international law.