Search Results


No Result Found.

Fact Check: Did Pakistani pilots receive training to fly Rafale? French ambassador denied the report

  • Share


French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler has rubbished a news report claiming Pakistani exchange officers received training in France to fly the Rafale jets sold to Qatar.

Foreign editor at Hindustan Times, Rezaul Hasan Laskar ‏tweeted that France's Dassault Aviation has handed over the first Rafale combat jet to Qatar. However, the first lot of pilots trained for Qatar in France are "Pakistani exchange officers". He has cited a report by

He then went on to write that Pakistani fighter pilots will be operating Rafale jets before their Indian counterparts.

Sushant Singh, the deputy editor of Indian Express tweeted a report by which claims that Qatar had sent two Pakistan Air Force pilots to train on Rafale.

The Editor of Indian Defence Forum, Yusuf Unjhawala also questioned why Pakistani Pilots were trained on Rafale

No mention of Pakistani Pilots in's report

The's report shared by Rezaul Hasan Laskar has not mentioned anything about Pakistani Pilots being trained in France. Instead, the report clearly states that Qatari Deputy PM and Amiri Air Force commander flew on board an Armée de l’Air Airbus A330 MRTT to watch Qatari Rafale pilots practicing air-to-air refueling.

Many media houses like The Quint and Indian Express have reported that the report says “the first batch of pilots trained for Qatar in November 2017 were Pakistani exchange officers”. However, we couldn't find anything like that in the report.

Some have attributed the above claim to the following line in the report: “Escadron de Chasse 04.030 was established at Mont-de-Marsan as the Qatar Rafale Squadron on 1 Oct 2017". However, we at Fact Hunt aren't sure about it.

French ambassador denied the report

French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler has rubbished a news report claiming Pakistani exchange officers received training in France to fly the Rafale jets sold to Qatar.

“I can confirm that it is fake news,” Ziegler tweeted in response to a journalist who tagged him in a Twitter thread.

French diplomatic sources have also confirmed to news agency PTI that no Pakistani pilots ever trained on Rafale jets in France.

Line dropped from's report 

Vishnu Som has pointed out on Twitter that have dropped the line on Pak pilots being trained on the Rafale.

In 2015, Qatar agreed to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation in a 6.3-billion-euro deal. It ordered 12 additional fighter jets in 2017. The first Rafale jet was handed over to Qatar at a ceremony in February.

The procurement of Rafale jets by the Modi government from France has created political mud-fest in India. The Congress has been alleging massive irregularities in the deal while the government has strongly rejected the charges.

We have debunked several misleading claims about Rafale deal in the past. You can read those posts before forming an opinion about this deal.

Part 1: All you need to know about Rafale Deal - Separating facts from rumors about the deal

Fact Check: Is Anil Ambani getting 30 thousand crores from Rafale Deal: No, Rahul Gandhi misleads again

Fact Check: Does An Internal Dassault Document Says Reliance Joint Venture was a 'Trade-off' for Bagging Rafale Deal

Did Defence Ministry protest against PMO undermining Rafale negotiations: No, The Hindu published a cropped letter

Note: You can reach out to us at support[at] if you find any issue with our articles.


{{comment.user.fname}} {{comment.user.lname}}, {{}}



Please Login or signup to share your views on this article

Support Fact Hunt




Fact Check: No, 158 Indian soldiers are not killed in a rocket launcher attach by Chinese army
by Anubha Pandey 2020-06-02 11:48:09
Fact Check: Can regular use of sanitizer for 50 to 60 days increase risk of skin cancer?
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-02 12:45:16
Fact Check: Three years old picture of a family committing suicide in Rajasthan revived amid migrant crisis
by Himani Joshi 2020-06-02 07:32:48
Fact Check: Truth behind the viral video and image of Indian and Chinese soldiers clash
by Anubha Pandey 2020-06-01 19:57:22
No, PM Modi did not claim to treat one crore COVID19 patients free of cost, India TV misquoted him
by Anubha Pandey 2020-06-01 17:20:59
Congress leaders shared old video from Bangladesh linking it with migrant crisis during lockdown in India
by Neel Kamal 2020-05-31 18:02:55
Fact Check: Did a migrant woman die of hunger at Muzaffarpur railway station?
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-30 06:49:33
Fact Check: Did the National Security Advisor allegedly congratulate the Commissioner Secretary of Ladakh?
by Samyuktha Mirra 2020-05-30 05:33:42
Fact Check: An old image from Farrukhabad shared as Shivling found in Ayodhya excavation
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-29 08:34:58
Fact Check: old pictures viral on social media to show massive fire in Uttarakhand forests
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-28 08:26:55
Fact Check: Old video of a minor boy injured in anti-CAA protests revived as police brutality on Muslims
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-27 13:33:05
Fact Check: Truth behind the social media post claiming that a sadhu in Ayodhya died of hunger
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-27 12:32:59
Fact Check: A fake message warning about increased crime rates post lock down viral on social media
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-27 08:37:46
Fact Check: Did MHA permit all the states to open schools?
by Samyuktha Mirra 2020-05-27 05:48:56
Fact Check: Are temples charged more than mosques and churches for electricity in Tamil Nadu
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-26 10:55:08
Fact Check: Video of a woman being beaten by her own family over land dispute in UP shared with communal narrative
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-26 08:47:12
No, the slogan of 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' was not raised during PM Modi’s recent visit to West Bengal
by Neel Kamal 2020-05-24 17:34:42
Fact Check: Truth behind the viral post showing 'handcuffed' Amit Shah being taken to the court
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-23 09:49:19
False claim about Dr Harsh Vardhan's appointment as WHO Executive Board chairman viral on social media
by Samyuktha Mirra 2020-05-23 08:25:17
Fact Check: Last year's video of Cyclone Fani shared by Greta Thunberg claiming to be of the Cyclone Amphan
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-23 08:22:01

Mobile App

Available for Android


Subscribe to our newsletter to get notification about new fact checks, feature updates, etc..

Greetings to all our readers. We need your support to keep Fact Hunt up and running. On our 2nd anniversary, we are raising funds for the Fiscal year 2020-21. Please donate generously if you like our work.
For more details visit Fund Raise Page

Rs 100 Rs 200 Rs 500  Rs 1000

 Donate Now

Alternatively you can donate through UPI: facthunt@yesbank or you can support us on Patreon