French President Emmanuel Macron To Visit India

| February 22 , 2018 , 11:33 IST

The President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron accompanied by his wife is likely to visit India around the 8th of March this year, according to our sources.

President Macron’s visit to India had been rescheduled from December 2017, following a decision that the International Solar Alliance summit should be put off for a later date.

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) that evolved out of the 2015 Paris climate talks is a major component of France and India’s current bilateral relations. Macron was expected to attend the ISA summit on December 9, during his visit from December 8 to 10, but when the summit got shelved due to uncertainty about all 15 countries ratifying the ISA, then he decided to visit India later as well.

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The French President’s visit comes close on the heels of the high profile visits of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. The agenda of the President is as yet undisclosed. It is likely to include talks about the French development bank AFD’s interest to fund 100 million for India’s smart cities mission. President Macron and France’s First Lady’s commitments in India are like to include several private high-level meetings.

Indo-French bilateral trade has still not reached the 12 billion target set by both the governments during the visit of the French President to India in January 2008.In January to July 2017, bilateral trade between India and France stood at € 6.06 billion (+23.82%) as compared to the corresponding period the previous year.