New Delhi/ Paris

Dassault says it picked Reliance of its own will for Rafale deal

Dassault Aviation said it picked India’s Reliance Defence as a partner for a big military combat deal on its own, countering a French online media report that said the Indian government insisted on the firm as a condition of the contract. Interestingly, the French company’s statement came while Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is on a three-day visit to France.