Didn’t know that, but it is a good policy.
Come to think of it the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet may actually be their best choice. It’s a rather substantial upgrade over the base F-18, shouldn’t be as expensive as the Rafale, and the crews should be more familiar with them. The Rafale isn’t really that much better if at all. They are both really generation 4.5 fighters.