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Rousseff Says Defense Industry a Pillar of Brazil-France Ties

December 15, 2011

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Cooperation on issues of defense is one of the “pillars” of Brazil’s bilateral ties with France, President Dilma Rousseff said.

Rousseff, standing alongside French Prime Minister Francois Fillon in Brasilia, said a “partnership” with the Europe’s second-biggest economy fits into Brazil’s goal of developing its own national defense industry.

France’s Dassault Aviation SA is competing against Boeing Co. and Saab AB for a contract to sell as many as 36 fighter jets to Brazil. Rousseff’s government may make a decision on the purchase next year, Defense Minister Celso Amorim said in Paris Oct. 18.

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