Jean-Marc Ayrault visited India from January 8 to 11. One year after the state visit by President Hollande, this visit gave new impetus to the numerous cooperation initiatives between our two countries.
The minister met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart M.J. Akbar. These meetings provided an opportunity to discuss all aspects of our bilateral relations as well as major international issues.
The minister started his visit to India with a stop off in Bangalore, the information technology, space and innovation hub, where he met with French and Indian entrepreneurs involved in new technologies and visited the headquarters of the Indian Space Research Organization, which has enjoyed outstanding cooperation with CNES for more than 50 years and will sign a new agreement on this occasion.
At the Alliance française, the minister met with former Indian students enrolled in the French higher education system and will express France’s desire to open up even more to human exchanges with India, especially with respect to students and tourists.
In Ahmedabad, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jean-Marc Ayrault delivered a speech at the inaugural ceremony of Vibrant Gujarat. The minister lead a large delegation of French business leaders working in the sectors that correspond to India’s current needs: transport, energy, information technology and sustainable cities.
In Delhi, as part of the R. K. Mishra Memorial Lecture, organized by the think tank, Observer Research Foundation, the minister talked about his vision of the future of Europe on the international stage, especially in Asia.