French blog The Jack Turf Journal has a caustic take (of May 1, 2016) on Australia's and President Hollande's coming submarine contract of the century. Jack expects "heated discussions" before the actual contract is signed. He adds the 8 Billion euros France stands to gain is but a drop in the ocean compared to France's 2.2 trillion euro national debt.
Still DCNS and around 200 French subcontractors will benefit. This includes Thales, Sagem, Jaumont Electric, Schneider Electric France, Aubert & Duval, Manoir Industries, etc.
"Jack" remains unimpressed. I translate "Comme foutage de gueule gouvernemental, on ne fait pas mieux..." to be Typical government bollocks, it is no big deal.
The translation from French into English:
"Australia has awarded France a "mégacontrat"? to build its next-generation submarines but it is the US that will equip the ships of ultra-secret weapons systems.
The French group DCNS naval defense specialist held by the State and Thales won a contract last week to 50 billion Australian dollars (34 billion euros) of which 8 billion only return to France on 50 ...
Do the math: That makes us 160 million euros turnover per year (no profit, if done, what remains to be proven, the contract is not yet signed, being subject to heated discussions ) short, a drop in the ocean of 2.2 trillion debt.
Other problem: France does not seem so good that in weaponry, since weapons systems and combat that will equip these submarines will be American. The American giant Lockheed Martin, which is in the race, explaining "learnedly" that it was "in fact the eyes, ears and the sword of the boat," leaving us so I understand the role of mere assembler welder to construct the frame submarines ...
Contract of the Century?
Comme foutage de gueule gouvernemental, on ne fait pas mieux..."
"Remember one thing people are idiots."
What President Hollande is quoted as saying on October 10, 2013.