The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi spoke on telephone to French President Francois Hollande today.
Prime Minister condemned the terrorist attack in Paris in the strongest terms, conveyed condolences on behalf of the people of India and expressed solidarity with the people of France. He expressed confidence that President Hollande and the people of France will deal with this moment of grief and challenge with fortitude and that they will succeed in combating the forces of terrorism. Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to counter-terrorism cooperation as a key element of the growing strategic partnership between the two countries.
President Hollande thanked Prime Minister for the telephone call and for the solidarity and support France had received from the people, government, political parties and media of India. He added that this support from the world`s largest democracy meant a lot to the people of France. He underlined his commitment to deepen India-France defence and security cooperation and looked forward to receiving Prime Minister in France this year.