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France seeking to boost autonomy from U.S. in its defense exports sector

France relies on a number of U.S. parts for its construction of many defense exports. Recently, U.S. withholding of clearance for a component necessary for a French fighter jet delivery to Egypt has prevented the sale and is encouraging France to explore alternative sources for these parts. As France seeks to bolster its arms exports, President Macron tried to convince President Trump to clear the component this spring, but a clearance has not been forthcoming. 

Source: A jet sale to Egypt is being blocked by a US regulation, and France is over it

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