France pitches for another batch of 36 Rafale jets procurement by India

No.1 ally in Europe? Emmanuel Macron to arrive in India today seeks to displace UK's status

Tucked in among the 14 pacts signed between the two countries as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron watched on was a bold new vision for space co-operation.

The BRI's maritime dimension is a major concern to New Delhi as China is building bridgeheads around India, but France has to be anxious too because of its equities invested in the Indian Ocean.

PM Modi said, "We want our (India & France) youth to know each other's countries, in this direction we have signed two agreements today".

India and France are set to sign a deal to increase naval cooperation in the Indian Ocean where China has been flexing its military might. "India and France have made a decision to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation", Macron said after having talks with Modi.

The two countries inked a range of agreements on Saturday that are the building blocks of a wide arch of cooperation but the formal announcements skipped mention of discussions on further Rafale acquisitions though Macron clearly saw the deal as a significant marker in burgeoning India-France ties.

Speaking to media after being accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Macron said he has three purposes for this visit. "It is the entry point for France in the region, and my aim is to make France the entry point for India to Europe", he said in a joint statement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Detailed discussions on specific projects including on the Scorpene submarine programme for the Indian Navy was also discussed during the Sitharaman-Parly talks.

"The Indian Ocean, like the Pacific Ocean, can not become a place of hegemony", he said.

Modi said it was critical for the two countries to cooperate in the Indian Ocean region.

"They looked forward to continue their discussions to expand and deepen the ongoing defence manufacturing partnerships", the joint statement said.

Agreements in the field of education, environment, urban development and railways were also signed in the presence of the two leaders.

The last visit of a French President to India was in January 2016, when President Francois Hollande was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.

Prime Minister Modi emphasised that India and France were not the only leaders of two strong independent countries and two diverse democracies, but the successors of rich and capable heritage. It did not provide a breakdown of the value or details of the business contracts.

"The second goal of this trip is to organise this International Solar Alliance (conference)", he said.

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