Strengthening Cooperation with India’s Strategic Partner France

Published By : Admin | April 18, 2015 | 09:59 IST
"PM Narendra Modi has a successful visit to France"
"PM Modi addresses the members of UNESCO"
"Shri Narendra Modi meets top French leaders and business heads"
"PM Modi pays a visit to Airbus facility in Toulouse"
"Shri Narendra Modi pays respects to martyrs of World War I at Neuve Chapelle"
"PM Modi reaches out to the diaspora in Paris, pitches for India's membership in the U.N. Security Council"
"प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के तीन देशों के दौरे का पहला चरण समाप्त"
"प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने यूनेस्को के सदस्यों को संबोधित किया"
"श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने फ्रांस के शीर्ष नेताओं और व्यापार प्रमुखों से मुलाकात की "
"प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने तुलूस में एयरबस सुविधा की यात्रा की"
"श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने नव शपैल में प्रथम विश्व युद्ध के शहीदों को श्रद्धाजलि दी "
"प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने पेरिस में प्रवासी भारतीयों को संबोधित किया और संयुक्त राष्ट्र सुरक्षा परिषद में भारत की सदस्यता की मांग की"

On April 09th Prime Minister Narendra Modi set on voyage for his three nation tours to France, Germany and Canada. His first destination was France. Shri Modi was there for two days from April 10th to April 11th. Prior embarking his visit Shri Narendra Modi had taken to twitter and expressed his delight about the visit.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 28, 2015

France had been India's long standing partner in the areas of defence and nuclear energy cooperation. Also it was France that consistently supported India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. On the very first day, the Indian Prime Minister was given a warm ceremonial reception. In his two day trail, Prime Minister Modi met a number of French leaders and business delegates and CEOs. He met President Francois Hollande and termed the meeting to be very fruitful.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 10, 2015

The PM also met UNESO Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova, and former French President Mr. Nicholas Sarkozy.

President Hollande and PM Modi also took a boat ride on the River Seine. The President of France himself briefed PM Narendra Modi about the rich history and traditions of France.


Thank you President Hollande for the boat ride on the Seine. #France #Paris

A photo posted by Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) on

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also gave an address to the members of UNESCO. Shri Modi was delighted to have got an opportunity to speak to the members of UNESCO on its 70th anniversary. He highlighted UNESCO's efforts and initiatives to preserve the world's cultural heritage and strengthening it further. PM Modi also recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s message to UNESCO calling for urgent action to address the needs of education to secure lasting peace. Shri Modi remarked that the collective goal of all the nations was to seek a harmonious and prosperous future for the entire world. He expressed his gratefulness for UNESCO's constant support in the field of education and science in India.

At the Indo-French economic forum, 17 crucial agreements were signed between both the nations. Shri Narendra Modi considered France to be India’s one of the most valued friend also thanked the French President to have supported the 'Make in India' initiative. A thrust was given to the India-France ties with the Indo-French forum. PM Modi and President Hollande also released stamps making the 50 years of India-France cooperation.

On the second day of his France tour, Shri Narendra Modi paid a visit to the Airbus facility in Toulouse, the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) and Neuve Chapelle. At the Airbus facility, Shri Modi was taken around the entire building and briefed about the latest inventions in air industry. At the CNES, the PM met a few young researchers. He was informed about the latest developments in space science and technology.

Later PM Modi visited Neuve Chapelle where he offered tributes to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War.


We remember the courage & sacrifice of all Indian soldiers martyred in World War 1. #NeuveChapelle #Tributes #India #France

A photo posted by Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) on

A photo posted by Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) on Apr 11, 2015 at 6:57am PDT

In the evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to the Indian diaspora in Paris' Carrousel du Louvre. He was joyful to see people come in such large numbers. Speaking to the Indian crowd the PM highlighted the shared values between India and France. Noting the contribution of the Indian soldiers during the First World War, the PM said that India had always spread the message of peace. The Prime Minister touched upon crucial areas of security and strongly pitched for India's membership in the U.N. Security Council.

Prior concluding his visit, Shri Narendra Modi gifted President Francois Hollande a painting, 'Tree of life'.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 12, 2015

Shri Narendra Modi thanked France for having hosted him warmly over the two days. He was optimistic that the strategic partnership between both the nations would be fortified with enhanced cooperation in defence and technology sectors. The PM even tweeted in French and expressed his contentment and hoped that India and France would walk shoulder to shoulder in the times to come.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 12, 2015

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