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India is going to be front row at the world's transformation: French President Macron

B360 February 5, 2024, 11:05 am
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PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron recently shared a video from his visit to India during the Republic Day celebrations, emphasizing France's investment interests in India. He acknowledged India's significant role in global transformation, citing its democratic, economic, and technological strengths.

The video, captioned "A look back at a trip in India", included Macron's fondness for chai (tea) and his honour at participating in the 75th Republic Day celebrations in the capital.

Macron highlighted the positive relationship between the two nations, stating that despite the existing good relations, there is potential for further cooperation and investment. He also expressed a desire to see 30,000 Indian students in France by 2030.

Invited by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Macron was the chief guest at the 75th Republic Day celebrations on January 26. He was warmly welcomed by President Droupadi Murmu and PM Modi at Kartavya Path, where French contingents marched with Indian forces.

Macron reaffirmed the enduring friendship between India and France, expressing gratitude for the warm reception his delegation received. He appreciated the bond that transcends time and shared values, recalling his last state visit five years ago and expressing delight at returning to India after the success of India's G20.

He recounted his visit to Jaipur, where Prime Minister Modi showcased moments of historical significance. During Macron's state visit, India and France adopted a roadmap for the defence-industrial partnership.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed their vision that the India-France Strategic Partnership can contribute to the prosperity and resilience of their economies, enhance their security, and foster a more sustainable and healthier future for the planet.

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