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France to welcome 30,000 Indian students by 2030: President Macron on 75th Republic Day

Jan 26, 2024 09:32 AM IST

Emmanuel Macron explained how new centres with a network of alliances françaises and international classes are being developed in the country to learn French.

Ahead of India's 75th Republic Day celebrations, France's President Emmanuel Macron on Friday shared the initiatives to invite 30,000 Indian students to study in France, an announcement he made a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Paris as chief guest of France's National Day last year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron wave during a roadshow in Jaipur.(via REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron wave during a roadshow in Jaipur.(via REUTERS)

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the French leader shared the plan to invite around 30,000 students to study in France. "30,000 Indian students in France in 2030. It’s a very ambitious target, but I am determined to make it happen. Here’s how," Macron said.

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The French president explained that how new centres with a network of alliances françaises and international classes are being developed in the country to learn French. He added that France would also facilitate visa process for Indian alumni in the country.

"Coming to France means looking for excellence. We are launching new pathways in order to learn French in public schools with the "French for All, French for a Better Future". We are developing the network of Alliances françaises, with new centers to learn French. We are creating international classes which will allow students, who do not necessarily speak French, to join our universities. Last but not least, we will facilitate the visa process for any former Indian students who studied in France," it said.

Macron said France has 35 universities in the QS ranking, and about 15 in the Times higher education ranking.

"We have now 35 universities in the QS ranking, and about 15 in the Times higher education ranking. India and France have so much to do together, now and in the future. We will achieve this with you, our young people, in exchange and cooperation, in trust, in friendship!" it added.

Earlier in September 2023, after the announcement, the French embassy in India rolled out a number of measures, including a five-year short-stay Schengen visa to attract more Indian students. The initiatives are part of people-to-people ties envisioned as one of the three pillars of strategic partnership between the two countries.

In another post, the French president, also the chief guest for the 75th Republic Day celebrations, greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India on its Republic Day. "My dear friend @NarendraModi, Indian people, My warmest wishes on your Republic Day. Happy and proud to be with you. Let’s celebrate!"

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