India-France Relations

Nov 13, 13 India-France Relations

Relations between India and France have always been close and friendly. France was the first country with which India entered into an agreement on nuclear energy enabling India to resume full civil nuclear cooperation with the international community.

France and India have established a high-level, strategic dialogue at the level of NSA which provides both sides an opportunity to review key elements of the bilateral agenda between India and France and particularly the overall global security situation and emerging challenges.

The Indo-French CEOs Forum, formed in 2009, was called upon to identify new avenues for cooperation and take initiatives to facilitate business links between both countries.

France is the 5th largest economy of the world and an important member of the G-8. Its technological strengths make it the leader in sectors such as aviation, space, food processing, transport, railways and agricultural research. France is ranked 5th in the list of India’s trading partners among EU countries.

France is the 9th largest foreign investor in India.

France and India view each other as important partners in space technology and applications. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its French counterpart Centre National de Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have a rich legacy of cooperation and collaboration spanning about four decades.

Defence cooperation with France is a key aspect of our overall bilateral relationship. Under the framework of the
structured talks on Indo-French Defence Cooperation several meetings on industrial collaboration and service exchanges are held regularly.

Indian culture enjoys a wide and discerning audience among the French population, as is evident in the numerous and frequent cultural events organised all over France, spanning the entire diversity of Indian art, music, dance and literature. Indian Film Festivals are organised round the year in different parts of France.

Educational and Technical Cooperation: Bilateral cooperation in the fields of education, research, and S&T cooperation is vibrant and intensifying within the governmental framework as well as outside it and is being encouraged through the India- France educational exchange programme, the Indo-French Consortium of Universities.


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