PM Narendra Modi accorded ceremonial welcome in Paris

Written by: IANS
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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.

Also read: PM Narendra Modi to have 'naav pe charcha' with French President Francois Hollande today

Paris: Modi accorded ceremonial welcome

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

The India-France CEOs Forum, which held a meeting on Thursday, is to present its report on the ways to boost bilateral trade when Modi meets French President Francois Hollande later in the day.

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.

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