One little tid-bit that needs to be put in historical context and remembered from someone that had family that was in the fighter sales business.
Back during the cold-war you could either buy American, Soviet, or a 3rd way which was mostly the French. Many orders of the day for the Mirage were not based on technical or even economic merit, but on political considerations.
Todays fighter marketing world is much more fragmented with no clear 3 option menu which makes it hard for France to exploit it previous standing. Even amongst US manufacturers actively compete against each other which used to not be the case as either the State Dept, or DoD would decide what model would be offered to foreign countries often giving them a single take it or leave it US model.