Feds: France hinders probe of satellite technology sale to China


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U.S. lawmakers and Obama administration officials say France has stymied a 3½-year State Department investigation into whether a French defense contractor illegally gave U.S. satellite technology to China.

The officials also say Obama administration political appointees derailed efforts by career State Department security officials to impose sanctions on Thales Alenia Space (TAS), fearing the penalties would undermine a White House-led effort to loosen technology export controls.

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From what I got, the French were selling their own technology to China (or technology they claim as being their own technology), and fear that the US will use this "investigation" to copy the satellite technology of France.
The US does not use kids gloves when dealing with Europeans and their tech.