India-France and a deal of $16 billion.
We Indians are very fortunate as our country’s growth graph is going higher and higher day by day.
And I think every Indian especially living in abroad definitely have to be proud of being Indian. And why it wouldn’t be?
As Our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi has wonderfully proven his propensity on the bilateral terrain.
Moving ahead on the write-up I am going to explain vision and deals of the recent India-France bilateral meet.
On 9th March 2018 i.e. Friday French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in India at 10 pm on his 4 days visit accompanying his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron(The First Lady of France), businessmen and top officials.
PM Modi personally welcomed French President Macron by receiving him at the airport in Delhi and greeted him with a hug.
Every time breaking the protocols for our international guests and giving them a warm welcome, represents a spectacular approach of our PM Shri Modi.
The French President Emmanuel Macron was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Also, the First Lady of France – Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron accompanied the French President.
President Macron and his wife visited the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and paid him a tribute at Rajghat.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met French President Macron at the Alliance Francaise in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
The two leaders held discussions on how to further enhance ties between their two countries.
The key areas of cooperation between France and India to be discussed were defense, space, and civil nuclear cooperation.
India and France on Saturday signed 14 key agreements in the strategic areas of security, nuclear energy, and protection of classified information, as companies from the two countries signed contracts worth €13 billion ($16 billion).
The agreements, includes the development in the field of education, environment, urban areas and railways, were signed after extensive bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi on Saturday i.e. 10-03-2018.
The two countries also have the robust cooperation in the fields of defense and security.
Macron stated: “India and France have decided to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalization”.
Both the leaders also talked about cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
Deals also include a contract for France’s Safran to supply airline SpiceJet with engines, water system modernization by Suez in the southern city of Davangere and a contract between industrial gas company Air Liquide and Sterlite.
Industrial Way Forward Agreement was signed between French utility EDF (EDF.PA) and India’s NPCIL for the construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur.
Negotiations over the construction of next-generation nuclear reactors in India have been dragging on for years.
It was not immediately clear whether the individual contracts were firm orders or letters of intent.
President Jacques Chirac visited India in 1998. The visit elevated the relationship through the signing of India’s first ever strategic partnership.
In January 2008, President Nicolas Sarkozy visited India and was the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade.
In September 2008, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a major visit to France.
On 14 July 2009, Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh invited as the Guest of Honour for the Bastille Day Celebrations held in Paris. The 2009 Bastille Day military parade opened with a contingent of Indian troops drawn from the three services (Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force).
French President Sarkozy undertook his second visit to India from 4–7 December 2010.
French President Francois Hollande visited India on 14–15 February 2013.
Indian Prime-Minister Narendra Modi was in Paris on 10–11 April 2015 for strategic bilateral discussions with French President François Hollande.
On 30 November 2015, Indian Prime-Minister Narendra Modi traveled to France for a 2-day visit to attend the COP 21 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
January 2016 visit by French President François Hollande accompanying a French delegation.
French President François Hollande was the chief guest of the 67th Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2016.
France was the only country invited as record-setting 5 times to the highly symbolic national ceremonial event.
India-France relations have traditionally been close, friendly and both countries have a ‘special relationship’ with each other.
Both nations have a centuries-old history of trade relations. From the 17th century until 1954.
France maintained a colonial presence in the subcontinent; Puducherry (Pondicherry), one of its former Indian territories, is a popular tourist destination for French travelers to India.
The strategic relationship between India-France established in 1998.
France was the first country with which India entered into an agreement on nuclear energy.
France has consistently supported India’s permanent membership of the UNSC.
Both India-France is proponents of a multipolar world led by regional democracies.
Certainly, the bilateral relationship of India-France will touch the new heights of success.
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