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Old 11-15-2005, 06:41 PM
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That article is francophilic ****e. France gave argentina the exocets in the first place. All they had to do was hand over the exocet manual to us... not exactly hard work.
French involvement

French president François Mitterrand gave full support to the UK in the Falklands war. As a large part of Argentina's military equipment was French-made, French support was crucial. France provided aircraft identical to the ones it supplied to Argentina for British pilots to train against. France provided intelligence to help sabotage the Exocet missiles it sold to Argentina. Sir John Nott, who was Secretary of State for Defence during the conflict later acknowledged: "In so many ways Mitterrand and the French were our greatest allies". [1]

The effects of France's actions during the war have contributed to Argentina's shift toward American sources for combat aircraft and upgrades (e.g. the A-4AR Fightinghawk, a refurbished A-4 Skyhawk). The country's national aeronautical manufacturing company FMA (Fábrica Militar de Aviones) is now owned by Lockheed-Martin.

Since the end of the war, Latin America has consistently purchased more American and Russian aircraft than French. The last major French combat aircraft sale in Latin America was Mirage 2000s for Peru in the late 1980s.

source wikipedia [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falklands_war"]Falklands War[/URL]
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Old 11-16-2005, 04:48 AM
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That article is francophilic ****e. France gave argentina the exocets in the first place. All they had to do was hand over the exocet manual to us... not exactly hard work.
The French did help us stop the Argentines from getting any further Exocets . The Argentines tried unsuccessfully to buy them through other South American countries . The French secret service set up a bogus arms dealer .Whose object was to take orders from where ever but to not deliver . This bought us precious time . Thank god they didn't get hold of anymore . Deadly bloody things !
The Americans were a good help as well . Supplying us with sidewinder missiles and satelite intel .
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Old 11-16-2005, 04:20 PM
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YA france, for once you didn't mess up
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YA france, for once you didn't mess up
what a wan*ker
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Old 11-16-2005, 05:24 PM
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hilarious; i was talking about Frances batting average when it comes to foreign policy
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