FRANCE: Arms for Sale

When French Foreign Minister Michel Jobert leaves this week on a five-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Syria, he will be pursuing an aggressive campaign of economic diplomacy that is fast making France the leading seller of arms to Third World nations. The policy is already bringing handsome dividends to his government. Currently under negotiation is an agreement with Saudi Arabia that would assure France a steady supply of Saudi oil over a 20-year period. The deal could lead eventually to the flow of more than 800,000 bbl. of Saudi oil...

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