French President Francois Hollande visit in India marked stronger bonds

French President Francois Hollande visit in India marked stronger bonds
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In the wake of French President Francois Hollande visit to India, the stronger links between France and Indiawas symbolized through several contracts.

In the wake of French President Francois Hollande visit to India, the stronger links between France and Indiawas symbolized through several contracts.

It would be unfair to narrow down the relationship between the two countries only to France selling its Rafale aircraft to India. Besides, the financial aspect of the deal has not been concluded yet. According to The Pioneer"There is a lot that has been achieved by Mr Hollande's visit", starting with a certain strenghtening of the ties between them, whether it comes to bilateral cooperation on counter-terror or France investing in railway, nuclear, solar as well as space sectors.

This growing proximity is good news as Paris along with Berlin, is a dependable gateway for India to the European Union. The friendship between France and India is usually minimized but it would be a mistake to underestimate what this relation has become as time as gone by. Russia is the largest supplier to the Indian armed forces, the U.S is a new partner of defense and China the first buisness partner. But France remains the first strategic partner.

A spirit of independence shared by both France and India helped to establish closer economic relationships.

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