Modi To Pay Homage To Indian WW-I Soldiers In Lille

11/04/2015 10:44 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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French President Francois Hollande (C) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra (L) Modi arrive for the Indo-French Economic Forum at the Elysee palace on April 10, 2015, in Paris. India's prime minister on April 10 kicked off talks in Paris with the French president with all eyes on a potential multi-billion-euro fighter jet deal hailed as the 'contract of the century.' AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALAIN JOCARD (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to pay homage to thousands of Indian soldiers killed during World War-I at a memorial in the French city of Lille on Saturday.

Apart from the visit to the memorial, the Prime Minister will also visit the southern French city of Toulouse to see the Airbus facility and discuss ways of further cooperation, including in transfer of technology and investments.

While there, he will also visit the French space centre CNES or the National Centre for Space Studies, where the two sides will examine further cooperation in the area of space.

On returning to Paris, Modi will attend a reception organized by the Indian community and also call on former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

A visit to a trade fair is also scheduled before he concludes his three-day visit to France and heads for Germany on the second leg of his three-nation nine-day foreign tour.

On Friday, Prime Minister Modi and French President Francois Hollande met at the Elysee Palace here and discussed issues of mutual interest. This was followed by delegation-level talks between India and France and the issue of a joint statement that listed the signing of over 17 agreements, including one for the direct purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly-away condition, and another for facilitating the early conclusion of techno-commercial talks on the Jaitapur nuclear power plant.

Both sides inked 17 agreements, including in the fields of civil nuclear energy, railways and space, and three Letters of Intent.

Modi also went on a boat ride on the Seine River with Hollande and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius after the talks.

He also addressed a meeting of the UNESCO and met with CEOs in two back-to-back sessions that focused on his pet 'Make in India' initiative.

At the UNESCO headquarters, he spoke of his government's commitment to ensure that every citizen, faith, culture and creed has an equal place in society.

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