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French fighter jet tycoon arrested for allegedly buying mayoral votes in his pet suburb

French industrialist Serge Dassault, the billionaire manufacturer of fighter jets, was in custody Wednesday for alleged vote buying, a judicial source said. The move comes a week after Dassault’s parliamentary immunity was lifted. The senator is suspected of buying votes in Corbeil-Essonnes, east of Paris, where he was formerly mayor.…

Old weapons, new threats fuel India’s military build-up

India’s planned purchase of 126 fighters from France’s Dassault marks the latest stage in a huge military procurement cycle that has turned the world’s largest democracy into its biggest arms importer. The final Dassault contract is expected to be worth $12 billion and India is preparing further big ticket purchases…