The Rafale, is the closest thing that European countries have to a domestically produced 5th gen.
>But the Rafale isn't 5th gen
That's why, its the closest thing. You cannot deny that it is the second most viable option that is not a F-35 and is being marketed as such. Aside from China and Russia (which are shit), only Rafale .... can offer an entire comprehensive package that is comparable to the F-35