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France President Francois Hollande's visit to India: As it happened on Day 2

By Satya Prakash | Last Updated: Monday, January 25, 2016 - 22:25

Taking a big leap in the field of bilateral cooperation, India and France on Monday signed the much awaited deal for 36 Rafale Fighter jets. However, both the leaders agreed that the deal has some financial aspects yet to be discusses but expressed hope that they will be sorted out soon.

Calling the French President a close friend of India, PM Narendra Modi welcomed him for the Republic Day celebrations. 

"From security of borders to smart cities to solar energy to nuclear power, from Namaste to Bonjour, we have strengthened our relation," said PM Modi while addressing the media after bilateral talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. 

Expressing his desire to share French technology with India, Hollande said, "Rafale fighter jets is a symbol but there are so many other fields we are cooperating. From culture to defense matters we share common interests."

25 January 2016, 17:00 PM

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25 January 2016, 16:59 PM

India expressed keenness on solar alliance. President Hollande was very helpful, did everything possible to bring all nations together: PM

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25 January 2016, 16:58 PM

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25 January 2016, 16:56 PM

PM Narendra Modi and President Francois Hollande at interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance (ISA). 

25 January 2016, 16:54 PM

Although headquartered in India, the ISA is a global institution meant for the benefit of mankind: PM Narendra Modi.

25 January 2016, 16:53 PM

Our ancestors have taught us to love nature, we see god in a plant, this is our tradition: PM Modi.

25 January 2016, 16:53 PM

We are the people who taught the world how to love Nature, we were taught that God resides in a plants: PM Modi.

25 January 2016, 16:52 PM

Energy has become an integral part of a nation's development journey: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

25 January 2016, 16:51 PM

World has been discussing global warming for the last one year and how to mitigate it: PM Modi.

25 January 2016, 16:51 PM

PM Narendra Modi speaking at interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Gurgaon. 

25 January 2016, 16:49 PM

Today, a new chapter opens for nations to utilize the power of the sun: French President Francois Hollande.

25 January 2016, 16:48 PM

French President Francois Hollande speaking at interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance in Gurgaon. 

25 January 2016, 16:46 PM

PM Modi and France President Hollande inaugurate the interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Gurgaon. 

25 January 2016, 15:39 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with French President in Delhi Metro. Photo: Twitter/@PMOIndiaPrime Minister Narendra Modi with French President travelling in Delhi Metro to Gurgaon. Photo: Twitter/@PMOIndia

25 January 2016, 15:21 PM

We are hoping to conclude the issue of setting up of nuclear plants in Jaitapur within one year: Hollande

25 January 2016, 15:14 PM

Both, PM Modi and President Hollande reaffirmed their determination to jointly combat terrorism. According to the MEA, both the leaders agreed over adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

25 January 2016, 14:54 PM

French President Francois Hollande after meeting PM Modi

"Rafale fighter jets is a symbol but there are so many other fields we are cooperating." 
"France and India are both aware of threats of terrorism, as both nations have been targeted recently." 
"We would like the French technology to be available in India, especially in Varanasi."

25 January 2016, 14:39 PM

"France would be one such country whose military troop will be marching tomorrow along our troops shoulder to shoulder. From security of borders to smart cities to solar energy to nuclear power, from Namaste to Bonjour, we have strengthened our relations. From locomotives to satellites, archeological excavations to smart cities; solar energy to nuclear power; our decisions have touched all domains." says PM Modi.

25 January 2016, 14:37 PM

"I am honoured to welcome you as our guest for the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi. France and India have a strategic partnership of 18 years. We have a partnership branching out to various fields," says PM Modi.

25 January 2016, 14:36 PM

"We are very happy that we have formed an agreement for purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts with France," says PM Modi.Delegates from both the sides exchange agreements at Hyderabad House. PM Modi and President Hollande in the background. Photo: Twitter/PIB

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"Want to encourage Indian Government to continue the reform movement it has launched. The economic presence of France in India goes back a long way, we are the third biggest foreign investor in India," says Michel Sapin, French Finance Minister. 

25 January 2016, 12:25 PM

Talks between President Hollande and PM Modi underway in New Delhi.

 French President Francois Hollande meets PM Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House.

25 January 2016, 11:51 AM

The French President meets Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. French President Hollande meets Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. Photo: Twitter/@MEAIndia

25 January 2016, 11:19 AM

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"France will not be deterred by the threat of ISIS. Our full effort is to eradicate them," says Hollande at Rashtrapati Bhavan.PM Modi and Hollande at Rashtrapati Bhavan

25 January 2016, 11:09 AM

"Honoured to be the Chief Guest at India's Republic Day parade. Today, there are all kind of terrorist threats that are hovering around countries such as India and France and one of the main aims of my visit here is to reinforce and strengthen the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries," Hollande said after getting a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

He also said India and France will "work to improve economic relations in the field of agriculture and space".

25 January 2016, 11:01 AM

Francois Hollande gets ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan.President Pranab Mukherjee (L) with his French counterpart (Centre) and PM Narendra Modi (L) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

25 January 2016, 10:40 AM

French President Francois Hollande pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar was also present here.The French President pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

25 January 2016, 10:39 AM

PM Modi and Sushma Swaraj arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan, where French President Hollande will be accorded official reception.

25 January 2016, 10:22 AM

"Will together further intensify exchanges, participate in inter-service cooperation and act to reinforce our military equipment," says Hollande.

25 January 2016, 09:52 AM

"They (Rafale deal talks) are progressing. The contract itself can only be signed after the inter-governmental agreement, it will be discussed. When PM Modi came to Paris, he himself announced order for 36 aircrafts,but with conditions that were to be specified," says the French President.

25 January 2016, 09:50 AM

"They are progressing," says the French President when asked about Rafale deal on day 2 of his 3-day India visit.

25 January 2016, 09:30 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks today. Reports suggest that the Rs 60,000 crore Rafale jet deal is unlikely to be sealed this time. 

The French President on Sunday, ahead of arrival, has indicated that Rafale jet deal could take more time. "We are going to take another step on the road which we hope will lead us to India's acquisition of the 36 Rafale jets. The commercial contract can only come after the inter-governmental accord, which will be discussed during my visit."

25 January 2016, 09:25 AM

French President to get official welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan in short while.