Bangalore: Bangalore was not part of US
President Barack Obama`s itinerary during his recent visit to
India, but for his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, the
south Indian city was the first port of call in the four-day
trip to the country.
"I wanted to start this second visit to India here in
Bangalore, at the headquarters of the Indian space agency,
since the ties that France and India are building here in this
field serve to further the ideals which form the basis of our
friendship: science, youth and the future," Sarkozy said.
The French President delivered a 25-minute address to a
gathering of around 500 persons, comprising scientists and
senior executives of various French and Indian companies at
ISAC (Indian Space Research Organisation Satellite Centre) in
this Information Technology industry hub.
"I have come to pay tribute to the exceptional success of
Bangalore, its inhabitants and its companies, which have
transformed this metropolis into a world-class city, one of
the major focal points for modern trade," Sarkozy, who
was accompanied by wife Carla Bruni and Ministerial and
business delegations, said.
French sources said unlike the US, outsourcing is not a
politically-sensitive issue in France.
Sarkozy also paid tributes to the success of ISRO, which
is jointly developing Megha-Tropiques and Saral satellites
with its French counterpart CNES. "CNES and ISRO will develop
a new research programme together."
"... why should we (India and France) work together ?
Because we refuse to allow the space adventure to ever become
the monopoly of just one or two states and we want, on the
contrary, that all States that have the means, remain in the
race," he said.