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French Defense Minister Florence Parly attends a ceremony to mark the 206th anniversary of Paris Fire Brigade at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


PARIS (Reuters) - France is hoping to strike deals to sell 12 Rafale fighter jets and armoured vehicles to Qatar when President Emmanuel Macron visits the country in December, the French defence minister said on Thursday.

"We've been negotiating for months," Florence Parly told BFM TV.

"We've also been negotiating for months about the sale of a large number of armoured vehicles and we hope it will be concluded when the president goes to Qatar at the beginning of December," she added.

Qatar has been strengthening its military since its ties with other Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, have deteriorated.

(Reporting by Michel Rose and Simon Carraud; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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