Created: 10/11/1983

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National Intelligence Daily




FRANCE-IRAN: Bracing for Reaction

The frencfi are preparingosstOfo Strong fran^nfo we safe of Swpe' ffenea.'tf accrafrcef mnsitez to irai

Comment. The French probably are hoping thai Baghdad will use the planes only for diplomatic leverage andefensive deterrent. It the Iraqis decide, however, to use the aircraft and ttwr fciocet missiles to attack Iranian offshore cl platforms or tankers, the French win have to be preparedjn case Tehran carries out its threats to close the Strait of Huemui.

Since the French have only limited resources in the area and have

obligations tney would be dependent on the US fo air

cover and other assistance in militaryhe region.

II Oct3

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