Macron In India Highlights: French President Welcomed At Rashtrapati Bhavan

French President Emmanuel Macron and PM Modi have begun India-France bilateral talks. Focus will be on defence, space and civil nuclear cooperation.

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Macron In India Highlights: French President Welcomed At Rashtrapati Bhavan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron held talks in Delhi today

New Delhi:  French President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in India last evening on his four-day visit, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks to further strengthen ties between the two countries. PM Modi welcomed President Macron by receiving him at the airport in Delhi and greeted him with a hug. President Macron will "spend a lot of time with Prime Minister Narendra Modi," a source in the French presidency has said, adding that the two leaders had "formed a close relationship" during President Macron's first nine months in power. President Macron is accompanied by his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron, businessmen and top officials. President Macron's visit is aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimensions of our engagement, the foreign ministry said in a statement ahead of his arrival. Prime Minister Modi and French President Macron met today for detailed talks on boosting ties between their countries. This will be followed by delegation-level talks, where a number of agreements will be signed between India and France. There will also be a joint press statement by the two leaders.
 

Here are the highlights of French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to India and his meeting with PM Narendra Modi today:

 

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On the sidelines of ISA Founding Conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, PM Modi met several heads of states this evening. 

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French President and his wife were welcomed at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening. 
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French President Emmanuel Macron, who is in India for a four-day visit, interacted with students in Delhi this evening. "I want to double the number of Indian students coming to France and also want to increase the number of French students going to India,"he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. 
Mar 10, 2018
17:17 (IST)
A letter from the French Defence Minister Florence Parly addressed to her Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman on February 26 indicates that the French government was keen to announce that both countries are in talks for 36 more Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force. Read here.
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French President Emmanuel Macron met President Ramnath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. 
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13:35 (IST)
Joint Press Statement By Prench President Emmanuel Macron and PM Modi

After a 90-minute long meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron and delegation-level talks between the two sides, 14 agreements have been signed between India and France. This is followed by the joint press statement by the two leaders.

Here are the highlights of the press statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

  • You welcomed me in Paris last year with a warm hug. I am happy that I have got an opportunity to welcome you in India. Our strategic partnership may not be many years old, but our spiritual partnership is ages-old.
  • Our meeting is not between two leaders of two nations but the meeting of two civilisations.
  • It is not a coincidence that the echo of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity is also recorded in the Constitution of India, not only in France. The societies of our two countries are standing on the foundation of these values.
  • The history of bilateral cooperation between India and France in areas of defence, security, space, and high technology has been a long one.
  • Today, I consider the agreement of reciprocal logistics support among our armed forces as a golden step in the history of our close defence cooperation.
  • We believe that the most important dimension for the bright future of our bilateral relations is our people-to-people relationship. We want our young people to know each other's countries, look at each other's country, understand and work in each others countries so that we have thousands of ambassadors to take forward our relationship.
  • Therefore, today we have made two important agreements, one agreement is to recognize each other's education qualifications, and the second is our migration and mobility partnership. These two agreements will prepare a framework for closer relations between our countrymen, our youth.
  • India and France have taken a big leap forward in our ties. Be it land, water, air, or space, our cooperation and ties bind us together in all.
  • Tomorrow President Macron will be co-chaired at the International Solar Alliance. President Macron and I plan to work together to battle climate change for the sake of planet Earth's future. We are committed to the success of the International Solar Alliance.
  • We welcome France's Make in India commitment.
  • We both believe the Indian Ocean region is very important for the future of peace in the world - specially freedom of navigation. This will be a joint strategic region for us.
  • Railways, environment, space security are just some of many areas of our deep cooperation.

Here are the highlights of the press statement by French President Emmanuel Macron:

  • India is our strategic partner in South Asia and we want to be yours in Europe.
  • The trust we share is aligned specially on threats to security by global terrorism. We have decided to do more on cyber warfare and counter-terrorism. We have agreed for an operational alliance on this.
  • Stability in the Indian Ocean region is very important for the stability of the entire region, and we are with India for freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific.
  • We have decided to put together a strategy to share intelligence as well as military bases. Different divisions of all our armed forces to cooperate and collaborate.
  • Our space agencies will conduct joint maritime surveillance.
  • A French company helped India build the Scorpene submarines. This was done under the Make in India programme.
  • We want to fully implement our commitment to solar energy. There are many who look to fund projects as well.
  • There are at least 50 contracts that are being signed between India and France on climate, railways, electric mobility, urban infrastructure, renewable energy, nuclear technology, etc. We look forward to investing in India's future.
  • We have also increased our partnership for space programs. There will be increased cooperation between our space agencies.
  • We have also partnered with India in the area of agriculture.
  • France is actively a part of India's knowledge summit with more than 500 agreements and investment. We plan to invest in India's human capital.
  • We want France to be the entry point for India to the rest of Europe.
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11:58 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, French President Emmanuel Macron Meet; Talks Begin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets French President Emmanuel Macron at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The two leaders will discuss ways to further boost ties between India and France. This will be followed by delegation-level talks between the two countries, following which, there will be an exchange of agreements between India and France and a joint press statement by both leaders.


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11:41 (IST)
Other Scheduled Events During French President Emmanuel Macron's India Visit

On Monday, President Macron will also pay a visit to PM Modi's constituency Varanasi. Both leaders will take a boat ride on the Ganga, which will include a private lunch. They will also visit Mirzapur to inaugurate a 100 MW solar power plant - Uttar Pradesh's largest. President Macron and his wife will also visit the Taj Mahal during their visit.
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President Ram Nath Kovind To Host A Dinner For Heads Of 24 Nations Ahead Of The International Solar Alliance

President Ram Nath Kovind will host a dinner this evening for the leaders of 24 nations who will attend the conference, including French President Macron.


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11:35 (IST)
French President Macron, PM Modi To Inaugurate The International Solar Alliance Tomorrow

PM Modi and President Macron will co-chair the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), tomorrow. The ISA is a flagship Indian initiative launched by PM Modi and the French president on the sidelines of the Paris climate conference in 2015. This meeting will be of great significance against the backdrop of the United States, under President Trump, pulling out of the Paris accord. India and France have pledged to achieve reduction in emissions as committed at Paris. "The ISA is a unique effort that brings the world together to harness solar energy and create a cleaner as well as greener future, said PM Modi in a tweet. Sources in the French government said Mr Macron's visit was decided in a way that coincides with the solar summit "as both leaders are very invested in clean and renewal energy." The Indian government released a video on clean energy hours before President Macron arrived in India. Watch the video below:


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As French President Emmanuel Macron Meets PM Modi, What's The Agenda

Agreements on civil nuclear cooperation, solar energy and transfer of electric mobility for Indian Railways and metro lines linked to smart city projects -- for cities like Pune and Nagpur -- are on the cards. Space cooperation is on the agenda as is a larger framework on naval cooperation. Around 40 business leaders are accompanying the French president.
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11:26 (IST)
French President Emmanuel Macron And PM Narendra Modi To Hold Bilateral Talks Shortly

The French President will now meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The two leaders will discuss ways of taking the India-France partnership forward. This will be followed by delegation-level talks headed by the two leaders shortly after noon. Several agreements are expected to be signed between the two countries. A significant boost to ties are expected in the areas of defence and security, nuclear cooperation and clean energy. Progress on the Rafale deal and the Scorpene submarines are also likely to be discussed.

The two sides will then exchange agreements, followed by a joint press statement by President Macron and Prime Minister Modi.


(File Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi)
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French President Emmanuel Macron, External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawaraj Meet In Delhi

French President Emmanuel Macron meets External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Alliance Francaise in New Delhi.



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French President Emmanuel Macron Lays A Wreath At Rajghat, Pays Tribute To Mahatma Gandhi

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat


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Watch Video: French President Emmanuel Macron's Statement At The Rashtrapati Bhavan

After receiving a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, French President Emmanuel Macron gave a brief statement about India-France relations and how he plans to take the relationship between the two countries forward along with Prime Minister Modi. In his speech, he mentioned three main objectives for his current visit to India. Watch the video to know what they are.


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10:14 (IST)
Watch Video: French President Emmanuel Macron Gets Ceremonial Welcome At Rashtrapati Bhavan

French President Emmanuel Macron got a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and welcomed the French President on his arrival. President Macron's wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron accompanied him.

Mar 10, 2018
09:59 (IST)
French President Emmanuel Macron's Statement At The Rashtrapati Bhavan After Receiving A Ceremonial Welcome

After receiving a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, French President Emmanuel Macron gave a brief statement about India-France relations and how he plans to take the relationship between the two countries forward along with Prime Minister Modi.

Here's what the French President said:

  • India and France share a very special relationship, and my visit to India is aimed at taking this forward along with Prime Minister Modi.
  • Our aim is to begin a new era in ties between our two countries. For France, India is our priority and has always been. India has been France's first ally in the region. It is the entry point for France in the region, and my aim is to make France the entry point for India to Europe.
  • My visit to India has three main objectives. One is to begin a new era in India-France ties and boost our partnership and strategic ties to a new level. France plans to work with India in various sectors to take economic ties to an all-time high. India and France will also increase our cooperation and boost defence ties. Lastly, we aim to counter the rise of global terrorism. The second aim is to battle climate change and take forward to wonderful initiative of the International Solar Alliance, taken by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This shows our commitment to the Paris Climate deal and promote renewable sources of energy. We support India and will invest in India's clean energy sector. We will also help India with the latest technology. The third aim is to boost people-to-people ties. We want France to be an entry point for India to the rest of Europe, just like France considers India as an entry point to Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
  • Prime Minister Modi and I will hold bilateral talks and a number of agreements will be signed between the two countries today. My wife and I are also looking forward to a visit to the Taj Mahal tomorrow and a trip to Banaras (Varanasi) the day after. I am also looking forward to inaugurate the largest solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh. The inauguration of the International Solar Alliance is also something that i am looking forward to. This will help India and France take a global leadership role and will be a defining moment for the 21st century.
 
Mar 10, 2018
09:32 (IST)
French President Emmanuel Macron Gets A Ceremonial Welcome At The Rashtrapati Bhavan

French President Emmanuel Macron got a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and welcomed the French President on his arrival. President Macron's wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron accompanied him.




Mar 10, 2018
09:25 (IST)
French President Emmanuel Macron And PM Narendra Modi Will Hold Bilateral Talks Today

Prime Minister Modi and French President Macron will meet today for detailed talks on boosting ties between their countries. This will be followed by delegation-level talks, where a number of agreements will be signed between India and France. There will also be a joint press statement by the two leaders.
Mar 10, 2018
09:16 (IST)
Who Is Accompanying The French President And What Is the Agenda Of His India Visit

President Macron is accompanied by his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron, businessmen and top officials. President Macron's visit is aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimensions of our engagement, the foreign ministry said in a statement ahead of his arrival.
Mar 10, 2018
09:14 (IST)
French President Reached India Last Evening, Was Welcomed By PM Modi

French President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in India last evening on his four-day visit, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks to further strengthen ties between the two countries. PM Modi welcomed President Macron by receiving him at the airport in Delhi and greeted him with a hug. President Macron will "spend a lot of time with Prime Minister Narendra Modi," a source in the French presidency has said, adding that the two leaders had "formed a close relationship" during President Macron's first nine months in power.


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