French arms manufacturers are
complaining that French politicians are interfering with efforts to sell more
French weapons abroad. The major problem is French prosecutors who crack down
on bribes paid to foreign officials, in order to get French weapons selected.
The arms executives complain that French politicians are not providing enough
protection and support for French firms caught trying to employ bribes. The
French are particularly miffed that their own officials won't act like the British
government, which recently quashed an investigation of bribes paid to Saudi
Arabian officials, to facilitate the purchase of British made warplanes. The
French lost out on that one, and they are not happy about it.