Repères 19/04/08 - Nouveau sujet de tension franco-allemande

Germany and France at Loggerheads over Arms Deal with Libya
Spiegel 19/04/08

"Berlin is unhappy with a French arms deal with Libya. President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to sell 12 Franco-German Tiger combat helicopters to Moammar Gadhafi despite objections from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has found it difficult to get along (more...) with French President Nicolas Sarkozy since he took office almost a year ago. Although in the end they found a way to get over their disagreements on France's proposal for a Mediterranean Union (more...), now another source of tension could be about to flare up.

A French arms deal with Libya is causing strain between Paris and Berlin after it emerged that Sarkozy wants to sell Libyan dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, 12 Tiger combat helicopters, which are manufactured by the Franco-German Eurocopter. The German government wants to prevent the deal going ahead and has already expressed its reservations in private talks with the French. However, Sarkozy appears happy to ignore these concerns and Germany has no right to veto the project...

...Last July Sarkozy infuriated his EU partners when he signed a number of agreements on future cooperation with Gadhafi (more...) including deals on defense and civilian nuclear energy."