Macron in India highlights: We are in middle of revolution on digital era and climate change, says French President
The French president is on a four-day visit to India. Here are the highlights:india Updated: Mar 10, 2018 20:35 IST
India and France on Saturday inked 14 pacts to boost defence and nuclear energy cooperation on the first day of French President Emmanuel Macron’s four-day visit to India.
Macron said India and France have decided to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation. Defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the values of liberty, equality and fraternity echo not just in France but have been embedded in India’s Constitution as well.
Here are the highlights:
8.25pm: French President Emmanuel Macron reaches Rashtrapati Bhavan for dinner.
#WATCH: President Ram Nath Kovind, First Lady of India Savita Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and PM Narendra Modi receive President of France #EmmanuelMacron and his wife Brigitte Macron. #InternationalSolarAlliance pic.twitter.com/KvaAL7ROUq— ANI (@ANI) March 10, 2018
5.02pm: Most of the issues we have today, on climate, on terrorism are because of the short-term vision of most of the leaders. They were greedy, says the French President.
4.58pm: The French President says we are in middle of revolution on digital era and climate change. We need more speediness. What we need is change in mindset, facilitate entrepreneurship and increase risk takers’ numbers. Artificial Intelligence is big game changer but you need to start it from ground.
4.56pm: French President Emmanuel Macron interacts with students at Delhi’s Bikaner House, says: “I think we need more exchange between our people, our students. I want most of the researchers to come to France and I am happy to be here today.”
3.25pm: PM Modi and President Macron at the CEOs’ Forum in New Delhi.
1.54pm: India and France have decided to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation. Defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance: Macron
1.53pm: We want India as our first strategic partner here, and we want to be India’s first strategic partner in Europe, and even the western world: President Emmanuel Macron
1.42pm: India and France have robust cooperation in fields of defence and security. In the defence sector, we welcome investments from France under ‘Make in India’: PM Modi
1.40pm: India and France have signed an agreement on protection of classified information.
1.37pm: We want our (India & France) youth to know each other’s countries, in this direction we have signed two agreements today. One is to give importance to education in our countries. The other is a migration and mobiility partnership: PM Modi
1.30pm: Our strategic partnership may be just 20 years old, but our cultural and spiritual partnership is even older. The values of liberty, equality and fraternity echo not just in France but have been embedded in India’s Constitution as well: PM Modi
1.25pm: India and France exchange agreements. Fourteen agreements have been signed to boost cooperation, including in security and nuclear energy .
1.22pm: PM Modi and President Macron issue joint statement after the talks.
1.08pm: French and Indian companies have signed contracts worth €13 billion ($16 billion) on the first day of Macron’s visit to India on Saturday, the French presidency said in a statement. Read full story
12.45pm: PM Modi is holding talks with President Macron to explore ways to deepen bilateral cooperation, including in the fields of defence, security, trade and investment, PTI reports.
11.42am: French President Emmanuel Macron and PM Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House ahead of the bilateral talks.
A strategic partnership since 1998! EAM @SushmaSwaraj called on President of France @EmmanuelMacron and exchanged views on further enhancing our strategic partnership in trade & investment, defence & security, culture, education and people-to-people ties. pic.twitter.com/QCsKO8e00Y— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) March 10, 2018
10.49am: French President Macron meets external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
10.26am: At the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Macron said, “France is the entry point to Europe. We want to be India’s best partner in Europe.”
“The first (objective of my visit) is to seal for the decade to come a strong pact around collective security in the region between our two democracies.”
10.26am: After inspecting a guard of honour and meeting with other officials, Macron said, “I am very happy and proud of this visit. I thank the President (Kovind) and Prime Minister (Modi) for this welcome.”
The French President stated that the visit would open a new era of strategic partnership in the coming decades.
“Our two democracies have common channels like terrorism, lots of common risks and common threats. But we have to protect this history and the state for freedom,” President Macron added.
9.47am: Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Raj Ghat.
9.25am: I think we have very good chemistry, our two great democracies have a historic relationship: Emmanuel Macron
9:10am: What’s on the agenda --- During the visit, India and France countries would look to boost ties, especially in the areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism. An agreement on the Jaitapur nuclear power plant, which is being built with French assistance, is expected to be signed during the visit, sources here said. Stepping up cooperation in the Indian Ocean region will be one of the top issues that will be discussed by Macron and Prime Minister Modi during delegation-level talks on Saturday.