The French government invests more heavily in its country's companies than almost any other nation in the world. It holds a stake in over 80 firms, especially in sectors which are strategically important to France.
Airbus getting ready to fly away, Brexit means "f– business," the rebels that are pussycats and rediscovering John Podsnap.
Germany's Bosch engineering company is part of the consortia developing driverless freight and passenger trains over the next five years. The project is part of the modernizing drive for the French state railway.
Once dubbed as symbols of European aerospace prowess, two of Airbus's unwanted A380 superjumbos face the ignominy of being broken up for spare parts after failing to find an airline willing to keep flying them.
Sure, there's been the odd mention of the UK's leaving the European Union at Farnborough, and the odd announcement that says "there's still a great in Great Britain." But aerospace is so global, you're unlikely to care.
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