PM Modi to visit France in April; invites French companies

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday invited French companies to take advantage of "Make in India" programme in various sectors while pointing out the liberalised FDI regime in India.

PTI| Updated: Feb 05, 2015, 21:37 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday invited French companies to take advantage of "Make in India" programme in various sectors while pointing out the liberalised FDI regime in India.

This was conveyed to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius when he called on Modi. Recalling his meeting with President Hollande on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Brisbane last year, the Prime Minister said that he was looking forward to his visit to France in April.

"Prime Minister Modi and Fabius discussed key areas of bilateral cooperation, including Space, Defence, Railways, Smart Cities, Tourism, Sustainable Development, Energy and Climate Change," an official release said here.

Modi also conveyed condolences to the victims of recent terror attacks in France, and expressed India's solidarity with the people of France.

"Had a wonderful meeting with France's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development," Modi tweeted.

Fabius, who is here to attend three-day "Delhi Sustainable Development Summit" that began today, had held talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj during which the two leaders discussed cooperation in key areas of energy, climate and trade.

"They talked on all the strategic issues," the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.

Asked if Swaraj briefed his French counterpart on recent breakthrough in the Indo-US nuclear deal, he said it was normal to keep them informed about the major developments in the field of energy, where India and France share a robust relations.

It (Indo-US nuclear breakthrough) was discussed but "not in a granular form," he added, noting that the "template is already set" for the Indo-French nuclear cooperation.

France, whose company Areva is involved in the 9900 MW Jaitapur power plant project, has always maintained that they were ready to work within Indian domestic liability law.