French Defense Ministry buys directly from Microsoft Ireland

So if you check the two docs uploaded yesterday by CoinMeuh, (http://interopwikiproject.com/public-procurement-files) and that you read french you'll see this is a pretty big tender where, most surprisingly, the french Defense Ministry contracts directly with MS Ireland. That calls for two comments, I think:

  • why the heck would a french ministry buy directly from an US-based software vendor in Ireland instead of purchasing the same stuff directly in France? (as a government it does not even get the VAT)
  • the scope of the contract seems very large, unusually large, as it covers pretty much the range of MS products in general. If someone has more background on this, go ahead.

Comments and additions are welcome!

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