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As India and France step up ties, a message for world powers

As India and France step up ties, a message for world powers

The agreements were signed after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, including on ways to intensify counter-terrorism efforts. Ahead of that visit, which he began in Xi'an, the original starting point of China's silk route, President Macron had told a Chinese website that he was convinced that the BRI could play a "major role in structuring the Eurasian region" and France was ready to play a "leading role" in it, words that could cause a furrow in the otherwise smooth ties between the two countries. "We value these investments and would encourage France to associate with our flagship initiatives such as Make in India, Skill India and Digital India", it quoted him as saying.

Several memoranda of understanding were also signed between French and Indian firms in the areas of renewable energy, developing potable water resources, electric vehicles, railways and airports infrastructure.

French rail equipment giant Alstom also announced three contracts worth EUR75 millionto supply three Indian companies running metro train services in Mumbai, Jaipur and Chennai.

French President Emmanuel Macron hugs Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Saturday.

The two leaders then addressed a CEOs forum, after which Macron held a formal meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind and then spoke with some students before returning for the banquet attended by over 45 heads of states and government attending the Solar Summit.

The highlight of the visit for as yet has been the purchase of 36 Rafale jets over and above the planned 36, that President Macron called the "heart of India-France strategic partnership".

Terming the agreement of the reciprocal logistics support between the two armies as a "golden step" in the history of bilateral Defence cooperation, Modi said, "From ground to sky, there is no subject on which India and France are not working together".

India and France signed 14 agreements on Saturday to enhance bilateral cooperation, including the fields of defence, security and politics. Following the talks, the two sides also released joint strategic vision for IOR which mentioned joint Navy exercises and maritime surveillance as an important aspect of their growing strategic partnership. "Indian Ocean can not be a place for hegemony, " the French President said.

"Defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance", said Macron.

Once installed, the Jaitapur project will be the largest nuclear power plant in the world, with a total capacity of 9.6GW.



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