France issues statement on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on Rafale deal:
“We have noted the statement of Mr Rahul Gandhi before the Indian Parliament.
“France and India concluded in 2008 a security agreement, which legally binds the two states to protect the classified information provided by the partner that could impact security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment of India or France.
“These provisions naturally apply to the IGA concluded on 23 September 2016 on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft and their weapons.
“As the President of the French Republic indicated publicly in an interview given to India Today on March 9, 2018, in India and in France, when a deal is very sensitive, we can’t reveal all details,” the statement says.
During his no-confidence speech, Gandhi had said, “I have no hesitation in saying that… under pressure from the prime minister, Nirmala Sitharaman spoke untruth to the people. Who are being helped? Nirmala ji, PM ji, please tell the country.”