Bienvenue Hollande: French President meets PM Modi in India ahead of R-Day celebrations

Chandigarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets French President Francois Hollande at the Rock Garden of Chandigarh on Sunday. PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets French President Francois Hollande at the Rock Garden of Chandigarh. Hollande, who is on a three-day visit to India, praised PM Modi for playing an "important" role in Paris COP21. PTI

French President Francois Hollande (C) throws rose petals as he pays tribute at Raj Ghat -- the memorial to the father of the Indian nation Mahatma Gandhi -- in New Delhi on January 25, 2016. After beginning a three-day visit to India in the northern city of Chandigarh on January 24, French President Francois Hollande has headed to the capital New Delhi to make common cause with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issues such as combating Islamist extremists and climate change. AFP PHOTO / Money SHARMA

Hollande throws rose petals as he pays tribute at Raj Ghat — the memorial to the father of the Indian nation Mahatma Gandhi — in New Delhi. Hollande headed to New Delhi to make common cause with Modi on issues such as combating Islamist extremists and climate change. AFP

French President Francois Hollande gestures as he says goodbye to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the end of Hollande's welcoming ceremony in New Delhi on January 25, 2016. After beginning a three-day visit to India in the northern city of Chandigarh on January 24, French President Francois Hollande has headed to the capital New Delhi to make common cause with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issues such as combating Islamist extremists and climate change. AFP PHOTO /ROBERTO SCHMIDT

Hollande gestures as he says goodbye to Modi at the end of his welcoming ceremony in New Delhi. The French President will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on Tuesday. AFP

French President Francois Hollande smiles as he holds the hands of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) as they pose for a photograph at an official welcoming ceremony in New Delhi on January 25, 2016. After beginning a three-day visit to India in the northern city of Chandigarh on January 24, French President Francois Hollande has headed to the capital New Delhi to make common cause with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issues such as combating Islamist extremists and climate change. AFP PHOTO /ROBERTO SCHMIDT

Hollande smiles as he holds the hands of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee (left) and PM Modi as they pose for a photograph at the official welcoming ceremony. Hollande also indicated on Sunday that the nearly Rs 60,000-crore Rafale jets deal is unlikely to be signed during his current visit although it is on the "right track". AFP

Chandigarh: French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rock Garden of Chandigarh on Sunday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav

India and France are in negotiations for 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly away conditions since the announcement for the deal was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April during his visit to France. However, the deal is yet to be sealed as both sides are still negotiating the price. PTI

Chandigarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit at the Rock Garden of Chandigarh on Sunday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav

Hollande also appreciated Prime Minister Modi "for his diplomacy, reflecting both a sense of proportion and a strong determination. He recently took important steps to engage in a dialogue with the political leadership in Pakistan." PTI

Chandigarh: French President Francois Hollande is greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rock Garden of Chandigarh on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav

Accompanied by a high-level delegation, the French President and Modi will hold extensive talks during which ways to strengthen cooperation in counter-terror, security, civil nuclear energy and trade will figure prominently. PTI


Updated Date: Jan 25, 2016 13:49 PM

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