French aerospace industry sees event as chance to lobby new president.

222HPAfficheGP_25PARIS — The Paris Air Show comes at a timely juncture as French aerospace leaders seek to lobby a newly elected head of state and government for support of the high-tech industry in a tough world market.

“We have a new government and new ministers,” said Eric Trappier, vice chairman of Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales, or Gifas, the trade body backing the air show. “It is for us a very special time to address the new government and, above all, the new president,” he told a June 6 news conference.
Trappier is also chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, which has booked the largest amount of exhibition space for the June 19-25 show.

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