PM Modi received the highest honor from France, big announcements regarding UPI and Visa. 10 big things -aabtak24


PM Modi Paris Visit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Paris on Thursday (July 13) on a tour of France. This visit of PM Narendra Modi is taking place at a time when India-France is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the strategic partnership. At the same time, PM Modi will participate in the Bastille Day parade on Friday (July 14). The invitation to PM Modi for Bastille Day celebrations indicates the depth of Indo-French ties. 

10 big highlights of PM Modi’s Paris visit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris is focused on strengthening Indo-French ties in various fields including defense and space, infrastructure and culture. The visit coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Indo-French strategic partnership and the invitation to PM Modi for Bastille Day signals a new height in bilateral ties.
  • PM Modi visits Senate, Where he had extensive discussions with Senate President Jared Larcher. After the meeting, PM Modi tweeted, “It was a pleasure to meet the President of the Senate, Gerard Larcher. There were fruitful exchanges on ways to deepen Indo-French cooperation in various fields. PM Borne formally welcomed Prime Minister Modi at the airport on Thursday (July 13). The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a fruitful conversation with Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne in Paris. The leaders reviewed various aspects of the Indo-French partnership as well as discussed ways to further strengthen ties between the two countries."
  • While addressing an event of Indian diaspora at La Seine Musical in Paris on Thursday evening, PM Modi said, "A new world order is emerging… an order where India will not let go of any opportunity." Late last night, he attended a private dinner at French President Emmanuel Macron’s residence.
  • PM Modi, who attended the event for Indian expatriates, further referred to the Unified Payments System (UPI), saying, "India and France have agreed to use UPI here. In the coming days, it will start with the Eiffel Tower, which means Indian tourists will now be able to pay in rupees." Significantly, UPI is the most successful payment system of India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded the highest honor of France ‘Grand Cross of Legion of Honour’. PM Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to receive the honour. Earlier this honor has been given to former South African President Nelson Mandela, the then Prince Charles of Wales, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali.
  • PM Modi today That is, on Friday (July 14), will attend the Bastille Day parade. Bastille Day marks the beginning of the French Revolution. After this program, there will be bilateral talks between the two countries. Several topics are on the agenda, including cooperation in the fields of security, technology, counter-terrorism, cyber security, climate change and space. The visit will end with a grand state banquet at the prestigious Louvre Museum.
  • PM Narendra Modi to Paris. There may be a formal announcement regarding the acquisition of 26 Rafale jets and three Scorpene submarines. The Defense Acquisition Council headed by Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the process and talks are likely to move forward.
  • An announcement to give relief to Indian students during PM Modi’s visit to France Happened. According to this announcement, the visa period of students doing Masters in France can now be extended up to 5 years. Announcing this, PM Modi said that France has decided to give long-term five-year visa for students pursuing postgraduate studies. Along with this, PM Modi also appealed to the people of the Indian community to invest in India on a large scale. 
  • A large contingent of the Indian Tri-Services contingent will also take part in the Bastille Day Parade. There has been an alliance between the two armies since the time of the First World War. Significantly, France has been one of India’s closest allies in Europe for decades. It was the only country that did not impose sanctions on New Delhi after the 1998 nuclear tests.

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