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France calls for Germany to ease arms export rules | TIME ONLINE

The French Minister of Economic Affairs Bruno Le Maire calls on the Federal Government to relax the rules on arms exports to third countries. "It is useless to produce weapons through improved cooperation between France and Germany if we are unable to export them," said Le Maire World on Sunday, "If you want to be competitive and efficient, we need to be able to export to countries outside Europe." Also France have very strict conditions for arms exports. He hopes that the two countries could find an agreement together.

France and Germany have agreed to become even closer in the future
cooperate in the development and production of weapons. The
For example, a recent contract from Aachen sees one
"common approach to arms exports". Germany must be in this
Be prepared to compromise, said Le Maire.

France and the United Kingdom had recently criticized the German arms export policy and demanded that Germany reject European joint projects such as the Eurofighter or the Tornado from an export stop Saudi Arabia should exclude. The German-French aviation group Airbus calls for this.

Germany had imposed the export stop for Saudi Arabia after the murder of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. NATO partners such as Britain and France, on the other hand, continue arms deals with the Kingdom.

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