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French Prez likely to visit India early next year

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 18:04

New Delhi: French President Nicolas
Sarkozy is expected to visit the country early next year,
probably accompanied by supermodel-wife Carla Bruni this time
and the Presidential couple may visit Taj Mahal.

"We are planning the visit of the President sometime
early next year. We were trying to do it this year but because
of G-20, Copenhagen Summit and other international events, the
calender is cramped," Ambassador of France to India Jerome
Bonnafont said here today.

Asked if Sarkozy will also go to see Taj Mahal along
with his wife, as desired by the President during his 2008
visit, the Ambassador said "why not".

Sarkozy, 52, visited Agra in January 2008 after
attending the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi, where he was
the chief guest and had reportedly expressed desire to see the
monument of love with his lady love.

However, Bonnafont said it was too early to say
anything on the visit.

On whether both sides would sign some agreements or
MoUs during Sarkozy`s visit, he said it was expected but "it
was too early to say how the package will look like."

The visit is definitely meant to boost the
considerable ties both countries share, evident from the
visits of both Sarkozy and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in
the past two years, he said.

He said there were nearly 1.2 lakh Indians employed in
French companies in India and at present, the bilateral trade
figure was about 6.8 billion Euros.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 18:04
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