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BAE Systems is a British defence and aerospace company headquartered at Farnborough, UK, which has worldwide interests, particularly in North America through its subsidiary BAE Systems Inc. BAE is the world's third-largest defence contractor and the largest in Europe. BAE was formed on 30 November 1999 by the £7.7 billion merger of two British companies: Marconi Electronic Systems, the defence electronics and naval shipbuilding subsidiary of The General Electric Company plc (GEC) and aircraft, munitions and naval systems manufacturer British Aerospace (BAe). It has increasingly disengaged from its businesses in continental Europe in favour of investing in the United States. Since its formation it has sold its shares of Airbus, EADS Astrium, AMS and Atlas Elektronik. BAE Systems is involved in several major defence projects, including the F-35 Lightning II, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. The company has been the subject of criticism, both general opposition to the arms trade and also specific allegations of unethical and corrupt practices, including the Al Yamamah contracts with Saudi Arabia that have earned BAE and its predecessor £43 billion in twenty years.

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Juuso Pykälistö in his Peugeot 206 WRC during the 2003 Swedish Rally. Peugeot is a major French car brand, part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group. It is the second largest automaker in Europe behind Volkswagen. Peugeot's world headquarters are in Avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris, close to Porte Maillot, but the Peugeot company and family is originally from Sochaux. Peugeot retains a large manufacturing plant in Sochaux which is also home to the Peugeot Museum.

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