The prime minister's special Air India aircraft landed at the Orly International Airport late on Thursday night, or just past midnight India time. [PM Narendra Modi to have 'naav pe charcha' with French President Francois Hollande today]
He was received at the airport by French Minister Sergolene Royal and other senior French officials. Many members of the Indian community were gathered at the airport to greet the prime minister.
Modi will begin his diplomatic engagements from Friday.
The prime minister flies to Germany on April 12 and later will be travelling to Canada.