Will Rafale combat plane deal be signed during President Hollande’s India visit

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Suspense over the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter plane deal continued on Friday as French Ambassador here Francois Richier said a “complex negotiation” is going on, just two days ahead of the visit of his President Francois Hollande to India.

The discussions are taking place at present. So I cannot say what will be the outcome of this. They are not finalised. Indeed it is a complex negotiation,” Richier told reporters here.

The envoy said, “Of course I will share with you that I am hopeful. But hopeful does not mean we have certitude. Work is being conducted with a lot of energy.”

An inter-government framework agreement is expected to be signed during the visit of Hollande but a final contract will take time as the cost negotiations are still on.

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