Puducherry: French Minister of State for
Overseas French Nationals Edouard Courtial on Thursday paid homage
at the War Memorial maintained by the French Government in Puducherry.
Courtial, on a two-day visit to the former French colony,
paid homage to the statue of `Unknown Soldier` (Soldat
Inconnu) at the memorial, built by the French in honour of the
soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War.
The visiting Minister, who was accompanied by French
Ambassador to India Francois Richier and Consul General in
Puducherry Pierre Fournier, later addressed a meeting held on
the premises of `Foyer Du Soldat` (Society of former French
A two-minute silence was also observed in memory of the two
French nationals who were killed in the December 30 last Thane
cyclone that caused havoc in the Union Territory.