Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Wednesday on the final leg of his three-nation European tour during which he would meet French President Emmanuel Macron and discuss issues of bilateral and mutual interests. Modi will be among the first few world leaders to meet President Macron after his re-election last week. He had congratulated Macron after his re-election.
His visit comes during the French presidency of the European Union. It also coincides with the 75 years of diplomatic relations between India and France. This is Modi’s fifth visit to France after August 2019, June 2017, November 2015 and April 2015. President Macron visited India in March 2018.
Both leaders also met on the sidelines of the G20 Rome Summit in October 2021, G20 Osaka Summit in June 2019 and G20 Buenos Aires Summit in December 2018. India and France, which are strategic partners since 1998, have a multifaceted partnership across the spectrum in defence, civil nuclear, economy, space and maritime security, clean energy and environment, counter-terrorism, and people-to-people ties.