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India, France to join hands on Paris pact

India, France to join hands on Paris pact

Mr. Macron said, "We are committed to work together in defence cooperation, maritime security and fighting terrorism on the Internet".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

India, the world's fourth-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is a critical player in the climate pact.

Describing Paris agreement as a shared heritage of the world and protection of environment an article of faith for Indians, PM Modi said it is the world's collective responsibility to save Mother Earth.

"We are both convinced our countries have much to do for ecological and environmental transition and for the fight against climate warming", Macron said.

Earlier, Macron greeted Modi with a bear hug in the courtyard of the presidential Elysee Palace when he arrived for the meeting and working lunch.

The French President noted that there were several Indian soldiers that lost their lives for France.




Modi closed his European tour meeting with Macron on Saturday by reaffirming his country's commitment to the Paris climate change agreement that Trump conversationally pulled out from a few days prior.

Last month, India's cabinet approved plans to build 10 reactors of Indian design and said India would not buy foreign reactors unless they were already in operation.

Trump, who in the past has called climate change a "hoax", made contradictory statements about what exactly he believes while under pressure in recent weeks from other world leaders, the scientific community and even Pope Francis, who has urged immediate action to change human activity causing harm to the environment.

The President also said that no responsible leader can put the workers - and the people - of their country at this debilitating and tremendous disadvantage. "France will stand by India in the fight against terrorism".

"Be it trade and technology, innovation and investment, energy, education and enterprise, we want to give a boost to India-France ties", the prime minister said.

Speaking during a live broadcast from the Élysée Palace, he said: "Tonight, I wish to tell the United States, France believes in you - the world believes in you".

"There is a huge anti-incumbency in the state of Tripura against the ruling CPM which is in power for more than two decades and so the BJP will win in the upcoming polls", said Vardhan.


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