“Modi in Peris”

“Modi in Peris”

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi arrived in France on Thursday night, the first destination of his three nation tour, during his nine-day tour; he will hold talks with French President Mr. Hollande and meet business leaders.

The two leaders are also likely to unveil Franco-Indian stamps. The highlight of the trip will be a boat ride on Seine River which is being described as 'Naav pe charcha'.

In France, Mr. Modi will also visit the World War-I memorial and pay tributes to about 10,000 Indians who lost their lives while fighting along with France. He will also visit UNESCO headquarters, Airbus facility and French space agency office.

India is hoping that French companies will participate in the 'Make in India' program initiated by PM Modi.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "The Prime Minister will discuss all issues including those of strategic nature. There will be discussions on defense and nuclear matters."

The Jaitarapur project, Maharashtra, French company Areva is to set up six nuclear reactors with total power generation capacity of about 10,000 MW, is stuck for long because of differences over the cost of electricity to be generated.

PM Modi has made nuclear power a key element of his clean energy strategy, and in January announced a "breakthrough" pact with US President Barack Obama to help clear a logjam of stalled projects.

The government has also proposed the setting up of an insurance pool with a liability cap of Rs. 1,500 crore to indemnify international and domestic nuclear suppliers in case of an accident.

After wrapping up the first leg of his tour, Modi will head to Germany, where business and technology will be the focus his engagements aimed at attracting participation in the 'Make in India' campaign.

In the third and last leg of his tour, Modi will travel to Canada, marking the first standalone visit by an Indian Prime Minister in over 42 years. Canada's Cameco Corp, one of the world's biggest uranium producers, has held talks with Indian government officials for a long term supply arrangement.