Paris, April 10: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in France on the first leg of a three-nation visit, was on Friday accorded a ceremonial welcome here at the Les Invalides.
Modi arrived here Thursday night on board his special aircraft on a two-day official visit.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was present during the ceremonial reception to Modi accorded at the large courtyard of the seventh century Les Invalides, which houses a military museum.
After the ceremony, Modi accompanied by Fabius proceeded to attend two back-to-back French CEOs forum meetings, one on infrastructure and the other on defence technology.
Modi will later visit the Unesco headquarters where he will give a speech. He will attend a lunch at the French National Assembly and interact with some political leaders.
Modi will later visit the Unesco headquarters where he will give a speech
After Modi and Hollande hold talks, a number of agreements are set to be inked.
In the evening, Modi and Hollande will go on a boat ride on the Seine river, in a "nav pey charcha" moment. He will also attend a banquet by Hollande.
Modi arrived to a red carpet welcome on Thursday night and was received by Thierry Braillard, minister of state for sports, according to a tweet by the Indian embassy in Paris.
Modi also interacted with a large number of the Indian community who were present at the airport to greet him.