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The deal is: French Weapons for Brazil and more Mercosur Agricultural Exports to Europe.

Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva

Brazil is positioning itself to use talks with France on a multibillion-dollar arms deal as a bargaining chip in Latin America’s fight for better terms for Mercosur agricultural exports to Europe, officials said.

Latin America’s Mercosur trading bloc, itself riven by divisions, will face European partners at the May 18 summit of Caribbean, Latin American and European countries in Madrid. READ MORE HERE.