India, France sign nuclear deal

India, France sign nuclear deal

Paris: India and France have signed a cooperation agreement over civilian nuclear technology, French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

The agreement, which could open the way to deals for state-backed French nuclear technology group Areva, was signed following a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the French President.

The agreement, foreshadowed during Sarkozy’s visit to New Delhi in January, comes on top of an expected nuclear cooperation deal between India and the United States which is currently awaiting approval by the US Senate.

Areva said on Monday that it hoped to sign a contract with Indian authorities to deliver two advanced EPR reactors.