Origins and context
At the end of the war, France was considerably behind in the field of piston engines. On the other hand, in the emerging field of jet engines, it was able to join the other nations. The victors were interested in the achievements of Germany, a pioneer in this field. The French specialists, sent to the United States and Great Britain recommended that the country should first make up for lost time by cooperating with these countries, and then engage in strictly national production. However, the French Air Ministry preferred to have a French-designed aircraft right away.
Believing that he could play a role in jet aviation, Marcel Dassault obtained from the Ministry of the Air the possibility of participating in the interceptor fighter competition. He felt that he had an opportunity, provided he did not fall into the trap of building aircraft with unreasonable ambitions.