President Pranab Mukherjee Hosts Banquet For French President Francois Hollande: Live Updates

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French President Francois Hollande is on a three-day India visit. President Hollande with Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended India-France Business Summit and visited various landmarks in Chandigarh. President Hollande will be the fifth French leader to be a Chief Guest at Republic Day celebrations.

Jan 26, 2016
12:57 (IST)
Francois Hollande meets Aishwarya Rai
French President Francois Hollande met actor Aishwarya Rai at an event hosted by the French Ambassador in Delhi.


Jan 25, 2016
21:49 (IST)

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21:47 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
16:59 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
16:58 (IST)
India has an ancient tradition of living in harmony with Mother Nature; emphasising respect for environment and preserving it: PM Modi.
Jan 25, 2016
16:57 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
16:46 (IST)
I have met with the leaders of many small island nations and understood their concerns stemming from climate change: PM Narendra Modi.
Jan 25, 2016
16:46 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
16:45 (IST)
US, France and India took a joint initiative to promote innovation that is sustainable, affordable and accessible: PM Narendra Modi.
Jan 25, 2016
16:44 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
16:40 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
16:39 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
16:32 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
16:25 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
15:54 (IST)
India and France to partner in India's next mission to Mars
India likely to undertake Mangalyaan-2 in 2021
Indo French co-operation envisaged in India's forthcoming Oceansat Satellite.
Jan 25, 2016
15:36 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
15:31 (IST)
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar:
  • Both leaders conveyed the welcome to conclusion of the acquisition of Rafale. Though some financial issues remain to be closed.
  • On the nuclear side, the big development is the fact that we have agreed at Jaitapur, that we will collaborate to build 6 reactors.



Jan 25, 2016
15:28 (IST)
France is the original strategic partner of India.We have very strong convergence of views with France: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar

Jan 25, 2016
14:52 (IST)

President Hollande on Rafale deal:

  • We are working on the deal, these same jets are fighting ISIS
  • Signing of inter-governmental agreement is a decisive step
  • There remain some financial issues that will be sorted out in a couple of days


Jan 25, 2016
14:49 (IST)

"We will be determined to strike ISIS which is threatening to kill our children," President Hollande

Jan 25, 2016
14:43 (IST)
President Francois Hollande:
  • I am proud to celebrate with you the birth anniversary of your Constitution
  • PM Modi's actions in the Paris Climate Summit were most welcome
  • India and France are aware of terror threats because both our countries have been targeted over the past few months.
  • France will never forget Indian support.
  • We know who hit us - Daesh. Daesh is claiming their crimes.

Jan 25, 2016
14:40 (IST)
Jan 25, 2016
14:40 (IST)
'From Paris to Pathankot, we saw the gruesome face of the common challenge of terrorism': PM Modi
Jan 25, 2016
14:36 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
14:32 (IST)
India, France are issuing a joint statement.

Here are the highlights:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

  • President Hollande is a very close friend of India
  • India is privileged to share one of its oldest and most trusted strategic partnerships with France
  • Our 67th Republic Day will be the fifth time a French President will be Chief Guest and the first time a country's troops march with ours
Jan 25, 2016
14:31 (IST)
Memorandum of Understanding on the purchase of  Rafale aircraft has been signed.
Jan 25, 2016
14:29 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
14:28 (IST)
India, France sign agreements on space cooperation, science and technology, renovation of Ambala and Ludhiana railway stations, food safety and smart governance.

Jan 25, 2016
14:23 (IST)
India, France to sign 13 agreements.
Jan 25, 2016
12:25 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
12:14 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
12:10 (IST)
French President Francois Hollande meets PM Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House.
Jan 25, 2016
11:56 (IST)
President Pranab Mukherjee, French President Francois Hollande and PM Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan earlier today.
Jan 25, 2016
11:18 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
11:15 (IST)
Jan 25, 2016
11:07 (IST)
PM Modi played an important role in the success of  the Paris Climat Summit, says French President Francois Hollande
Jan 25, 2016
11:04 (IST)
I am honoured to be the chief guest at India's Republic Day function: French President Francois Hollande


Jan 25, 2016
11:00 (IST)

Jan 25, 2016
10:54 (IST)
French President Francois Hollande's convoy has reached Rashtrapati Bhavan premises.
Jan 25, 2016
10:52 (IST)
French President Francois Hollande plants a sapling at Rajghat

Jan 25, 2016
10:49 (IST)
A joint statement will be issued on terror, shortly.
Jan 25, 2016
10:47 (IST)
President Hollande is now headed to Hyderabad House. He is proceeding to meet Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Jan 25, 2016
10:41 (IST)
Jan 25, 2016
09:50 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
20:17 (IST)
French President arrives in Delhi
Jan 24, 2016
18:13 (IST)
16 Agreements Signed At India France Business Summit
Jan 24, 2016
18:08 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
18:04 (IST)
Memorandum of Understanding between airbus and Mahindra for building helicopters signed
Jan 24, 2016
18:03 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
18:01 (IST)

Urbanisation is gaining pace in India and that is why are working on Smart Cities Project: PM Modi
Jan 24, 2016
17:56 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
17:52 (IST)
PM Modi On Terrorism

1) Like global warming mankind is troubled with terrorism
2) France has stood its ground, to its ideas even in the face of tragedy (Paris attacks)
3) To call the world at its doors right after such a huge tragedy, was an huge gesture
5)France and India believe in values of humankind
6) We will be united in our fight against enemies of humanity
7) President Hollande is correct that terrorism is a challenge, just like global warming
8) Defence is also a very important matter. And now, it is not only about the battlefield. Cyber security is becoming vital
Jan 24, 2016
17:48 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
17:45 (IST)
PM Modi speaks at the Summit

1) You (President Hollande) have a natural connection with Chandigarh
2) President Hollande's excitement and commitment to work with India is apparent from his every word
3)We worked with him in Paris COP21
4)And the way the people took it forward in Paris, it deserves applause
5) And the way the people took it forward in Paris, it deserves applause
6) President gives a lot of credit to India, for raising issues of climate justice, sustainable lifestyle, a dialogue with environment
7)He postponed a meeting for me, took me in confidence and then declared the outcome. It was a unprecedented gesture
8)India's skilled manpower can be a major source of strength. Our skilled manpower can bring down costs and improve quality
9)In such a short span of time, India's 'Ease of Doing Business' rankings improved substantially
10)World has accepted India as a good investment destination

Jan 24, 2016
17:33 (IST)

French PM at Business Meet


This is an extraordinary visit, not my first
First time french troops will also march on the occasion of India's Republic Day
Want to consolidate strategic partnership with India, implement decisions taken during PM Modi's visit to France
Jan 24, 2016
17:30 (IST)
French President François Hollande speaking at India-France Business Summit in Chandigarh
Jan 24, 2016
17:29 (IST)
The real strength of the Indo French economic partnership. The 2 leaders witness signing of 16 B2B Agreements
Jan 24, 2016
17:29 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
17:04 (IST)
French President at CEO Forum

PM Modi played a decisive role at COP 21
Jan 24, 2016
17:04 (IST)
PM Modi Speaks

1) Glad to welcome President Hollande in the city built by the great Le Corbusier
2) I've had the opportunity of meeting President 5 times in the last year.
3) India is a source of hope and confidence for the entire world community
4) India is the fastest growing economy in the world. We have the labour and the market for your products.
5) Our strategic partnership is not just between Paris & New Delhi. It is with each and every one of you
Jan 24, 2016
17:00 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
16:57 (IST)
What's On Agenda At CEOs Forum

Defence, Green Economy, Smart Cities, Infrastructure, Transportation, Water and Financial Sector
Jan 24, 2016
16:55 (IST)
Away from Delhi, business takes centre stage. The leaders attend the CEOs Forum followed by a Business Summit
Jan 24, 2016
16:50 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
16:10 (IST)
Photos: President Hollande Explores Chandigarh's French Connection
Some of Chandigarh's most famous landmarks, like the Secretariat, the High Court are part of the Capitol complex as is the 'open hand' structure, that's synonymous with the city.
Jan 24, 2016
15:27 (IST)

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15:16 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
15:13 (IST)
Warm Welcome!
Jan 24, 2016
14:57 (IST)
PM Modi welcomes President Hollande at Rock Garden 
Jan 24, 2016
14:52 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
14:23 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
14:20 (IST)
Did you know?

Mr Hollande will be the fifth French leader to be a Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations - the maximum number from any country. French leaders had earlier attended the Republic Day celebrations in the national capital in 1976, 1980, 1998 and 2008.
Jan 24, 2016
14:19 (IST)
What's Next For President Hollande
  1. Visit to Famous Rock Garden, Capitol Complex and Government Museum and Art Gallery
  2. PM Modi and Mr Hollande will attend the 'India-France Business Summit'
Jan 24, 2016
13:17 (IST)

Kaptan Singh Solanki, the governor of Punjab and Haryana, received him at the Chandigarh airport.
Jan 24, 2016
13:15 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
13:10 (IST)
What's new this Republic Day?

This time, French soldiers will march down Rajpath along with Indian troops, a first for any foreign army
Jan 24, 2016
13:06 (IST)

President Hollande with French delegation at Chandigarh airport
Jan 24, 2016
13:00 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
12:52 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
12:51 (IST)
PM Modi welcomes French President Francois Hollande, says "delighted to have him as the Chief Guest for Republic Day celebrations."
Jan 24, 2016
12:31 (IST)
A Chandigarh poster welcoming PM Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande
Jan 24, 2016
12:06 (IST)
Security tightened in Chandigarh ahead of French President Francois Hollande's arrival.


Jan 24, 2016
11:22 (IST)
Rafale Deal On Right Track, Says French President Ahead of India Visit: 10 Developments


The Rafale deal is expected to come up when the two leaders hold talks on Monday. The jets are key to the $150-billion military modernisation drive Delhi has launched.

Indian and French negotiators are still haggling over the price of 36 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force.
Jan 24, 2016
11:04 (IST)
Jan 24, 2016
10:30 (IST)

Jan 24, 2016
10:24 (IST)
This is what French President has to say ahead of India visit

The multi-billion dollar Rafale jet deal is on "right track" but agreeing on technicalities take time.

On India's demand for action by Pakistan in Pathankot terror attack case he said, India is fully justified to ask for justice against perpetrators.

India and France are united in their determination to act together against terrorism.

I congratulate PM Narendra Modi for his diplomacy reflecting both a sense of proportion and a strong determination, he said to news agency Press Trust of India.

Jan 24, 2016
07:42 (IST)
High Alert in Chandigarh Ahead of PM Modi- Francois Hollande Meet
Chandigarh was put under maximum security cover on Saturday ahead of the arrival of French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today afternoon.

Jan 24, 2016
07:37 (IST)
French President's Schedule For The Day

01:00 pm: Will arrive in Chandigarh at the Air Force Station
02:25pm: Will visit Rock Garden
02:55pm: Will visit Capitol Complex
03:25pm: A visit to Government Museum & Art Gallery
04:00pm: Will address CEOs of French and Indian companies at Hotel Taj
04:45pm: India-France Business Summit
06:30pm: Will leave for Delhi
07:25pm: Will arrive in Delhi at the Air Force Station, Palam

Jan 24, 2016
07:28 (IST)
President Hollande will be the fifth French leader to be a Chief Guest at India's Republic Day celebrations- the maximum number from any country so far.

Jan 24, 2016
07:27 (IST)
French President Francois Hollande will arrive in Chandigarh today for his three-day India visit. He is expected to land at 1 pm.
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