Jet, set, go: Flying French men with their fighter Mirages

Arabian Business watches Mirage 2000 jet pilots and mechanics in action at an aerial military base on a French Mediterranean island
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A pilot parks his Mirage 2000 jet fighter on March 23, 2011 at the aerial military base 126 - Capitaine Preziosi in Solenzara, Corsica, the French Mediterranean island. A political contact group for Libya, bringing together the United States, France, Britain and other coalition partners, will meet for the first time on March 24, 2011 in London, the French foreign minister said (STEPHAN AGOSTINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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A pilot parks his Mirage 2000 jet fighter on March 23, 2011 at the aerial military base 126 - Capitaine Preziosi in Solenzara, Corsica, the French Mediterranean island. A political contact group for Libya, bringing together the United States, France, Britain and other coalition partners, will meet for the first time on March 24, 2011 in London, the French foreign minister said (STEPHAN AGOSTINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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A pilot parks his Mirage 2000 jet fighter on March 23, 2011 at the aerial military base 126 - Capitaine Preziosi in Solenzara, Corsica, the French Mediterranean island (STEPHAN AGOSTINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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A pilot gets off his Mirage 2000 jet fighter on March 23, 2011 at the aerial military base 126 - Capitaine Preziosi in Solenzara, Corsica, the French Mediterranean island (STEPHAN AGOSTINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mechanics work on a Mirage 2000 jet fighter on March 23, 2011 at the aerial military base 126 - Capitaine Preziosi in Solenzara, Corsica, the French Mediterranean island (STEPHAN AGOSTINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mechanics work on a Mirage 2000 jet fighter on March 23, 2011 at the aerial military base 126 - Capitaine Preziosi in Solenzara, Corsica, the French Mediterranean island (STEPHAN AGOSTINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mechanics work on missiles mounted on a Mirage 2000 jet fighter on March 23, 2011 at the aerial military base 126 - Capitaine Preziosi in Solenzara, Corsica, the French Mediterranean island (STEPHAN AGOSTINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Thu 24 Mar 2011 12:50 PM GST