Ah, a French airframe with Rolls Royce engines - MD would approve.
I suspect that the Aeronavale may be a future customer for the P-8.
Capability trumps nationality fantassin, even for France in this particular field.The need will be there at some point but I would be extremely surprised if France goes for a US option when several EU options are on the market....unless it's a batch job with several other EU nations and the costs are much lower. It has been seen before....
Oh well, what can we say but bugger!
I suspect no one will do a quick 'told you so'.
Capability trumps nationality fantassin, even for France in this particular field.