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‘We chose Ambani by ourselves’: Dassault Aviation CEO on Rafale deal

Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier Tuesday, in an interview, reiterated that his company had chosen Reliance as an offset partner, and denied allegations of corruption in the Rafale jet deal with India saying it was a “clean deal”. He added that the price in the contract for 36 aircraft was brought down by 9 per cent after government-to-government negotiations.

“We chose (Anil) Ambani by ourselves. We are also looking at other partners. We already have 30 partners other than Reliance,” Trappier said. On allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal, Trappier said, “I don’t lie. The truth I declared before and the statements I made are true. I don’t have a reputation of lying. In my position as CEO, you don’t lie.”

On the price negotiated in the deal, he said, “Price of 36 was exactly the same when you compare with 18 flyaway. 36 is the double of 18. So as far as I was concerned, it should have been double the price. But because it was government to government, there was a negotiation, I had to decrease price by 9 per cent.”

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