Francois Hollande, president of France, landed in India to be a part of Republic Day celebrations, and to finalize a defense deal along with the energy plans between India and France. The French president will start his visit from Chandigarh where he along with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the India-France Business Summit. Reports have also revealed that India and France signed 16 agreements.
Both countries have expressed the desire to fight against terrorism and cooperate on counter-terrorism. Francois Hollande stated that the multi-role fighter jet Rafale could soon be a part of India’s fleet, expressing confidence over strengthening strategic ties with India. “France will be pushing investments worth $1 billion per year,” he said.
He said his visit had two main objectives. Firstly, France is looking at consolidating security efforts with India and secondly, implement decisions taken during PM Modi’s visit to France during COP21.
Hollande will be chief guest at the Republic Day parade after accepting Modi’s invitation. PM Modi said he had decided to invite the French President to the Republic Day parade after the ghastly terror attack that took place last November .