French President to arrive in India for jont inauguration of ISA Summit

Last Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 22:47
French President  to arrive in India for jont inauguration of ISA Summit
Strengthening an age old bond, French President Emmanuel Macron will be a state visit to India. The French president`s spouse will also accompany him. During the visit, Prime Minister Modi and the French President will also co-chair the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance, that will take place on March 11. PM Modi visited France in June 2017, immediately after President Macron was elected President. 39-year-old Macron is the youngest president of France.

Both the countries have enhanced and ongoing cooperation in the defence, maritime, space, security, and energy-related sectors, and are increasingly working together on all issues of concern including terrorism, climate change. India-France strategic partnership, established in 1998, is one of the most important and comprehensive bilateral engagements. It is marked by intense and frequent high level exchanges and deep political understanding. The visit by french president provides another opportunity to increase the engagements.

Close to 1000 French companies are present in India. About 120 Indian companies have invested in excess of Euro 1 billion in France and employ close to 7,000 people. The Indian community, including NRIs in mainland France number around 1.1 lakh people; largely originating from French enclaves of Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam, Mahe and Chandernagore.
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