French president in India to discuss terrorism, jet sales, energy

French President Francois Hollande arrived in India Sunday for a three-day visit during which counter-terrorism, clean energy and a multi-billion dollar jet deal are to be discussed.

Hollande is to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day military parade on Tuesday. The day marks the adoption of India's Constitution.

Hollande, accompanied by a delegation of French businessmen, landed in the north-western city of Chandigarh where he was scheduled to attend a business summit and visit local sites accompanied by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The city of Chandigarh was planned by the Swiss-French architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, also known as Le Corbusier in the late 1950s.

The city was put under unprecedented security cover for the visit, especially in view of a terrorist attack on an air force base in the region earlier in January.

Hollande, who flies to New Delhi later in the day is scheduled to hold talks with Modi Monday on a range of issues including terrorism, clean energy and ongoing negotiations for 36 Rafale multi-role fighter jets for the Indian Air Force.

In a brief statement after landing, Hollande touched on the need of France and India to cooperate on climate change and on countering terrorism in view of recent attacks in both countries.

Hollande also said the Rafale jet deal was on the right track. Indian diplomatic sources said negotiations were at the last stage but some technical issues remained to be worked out.

Last update: Sun, 24/01/2016 - 14:55
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