French President Emmanuel Macron India Visit Live: France's President Emmanuel Macron landed in Rajasthan's Jaipur on 25 January, a day before he is to attend the Republic Day celebrations in national capital Delhi. Macron has been invited as the chief guest for the 75th Republic Day celebrations on 26 January.
Emmanuel Macron's visit caps the 25th-anniversary celebrations of the India-France Strategic Partnership.
Notably, Macron has previously been in India on a state visit in March 2018 and on an official visit in September 2023 for the Delhi G20 Summit.
Moreover, he has welcomed PM Modi to France on four occasions.
During his visit, Emmanuel Macron will be accompanied, among others, by a ministerial delegation comprising Stephane Sejourne (Europe and Foreign Affairs), Sebastien Lecornu (Armed Forces), and Rachida Dati (Culture); a C-level business delegation of French majors, SMEs and mid-caps; and other eminent personalities, including ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Emmanuel Macron's state visit marks France's sixth participation, the highest of any other nation, as chief guest on India's Republic Day.
Furthermore, it comes months after PM Modi's Paris trip on France's Bastille Day on 14 July, 2023.
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Both the leaders were seen waving at people gathered along the side of the road.
Prime Minister Modi and French President Macron met at the Jantar Mantar observatory earlier in the evening and hugged each other. Modi reached the observatory from Jaipur airport while Macron came to the site after visiting Amber Fort.
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The famous solar observatory established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2010. It includes a set of eighteen instruments and is the biggest stone observatory in the world. It consists of various instruments which include the Laghu Samrat Yantra which is a Sun Dial that can help to calibrate local time to an accuracy of 20 seconds.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Governor Kalraj Mishra and Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma upon arrival in Jaipur. The two leaders will take part in a road show from Jantar Mantar to Hawa Mahal before holding a meeting at hotel Rambagh Palace in the evening.
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French president Emmanuel Macron will spend several hours savouring the sites – and perhaps some roadside chai – before engaging in talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to reports he will visit iconic sites such as the hilltop Amber Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Details made available by officials earlier suggest that the French leader is also expected to do some shopping in the touristy area.
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The two leaders will visit the iconic Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal in the city. They will also hold a roadshow from the Jantar Mantar to the Hawa Mahal for close to 15 minutes. They will also hold a meeting at hotel Rambagh Palace in the evening.
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A red carpet welcome including a parade of decorated elephants awaited Macron after landing in Jaipur in Rajasthan. He will be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a state banquet in a 19th-century maharaja's palace.
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"India's relationship with France has been continuously growing for many years. In terms of defence, our (India's) relationship with France is so strategic that it can be compared to what we had with Russia once. Recently, we received carrier aircraft for Rafale M from France and decided to bring three submarines as well. From France, we already have six submarines, Mirage aircraft, and Rafale. Apart from this, the trade and people-to-people business have also been growing," says Defence expert Rahul Bhonsle.
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"The Jaipur observatory was built in 1738. Such an amazing observatory was built some 300 years ago. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh was fond of astrology, so he called scholars from across the country and world for the construction of this observatory. There are some equipment here which were invented by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh himself," says well-known astrologer Professor Vinod Shastri, who will accompany French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Jaipur's Jantar Mantar later today.
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Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma on late Wednesday night took stock of the preparations and security arrangements at Jantar Mantar.
The Prime Minister and French President Emmanuel Macron are scheduled to visit Jaipur on Thursday.
CM Sharma also held a review meeting with officials on Wednesday ahead of the PM's visit.
Meanwhile, the pink city has been decked up with posters of PM Narendra Modi and French President Macron ahead of their visit.
The Prime Minister, along with President Emmanuel Macron, will visit various places of cultural and historical significance in the city, including Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Albert Hall Museum.
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France is a key member of the 27-nation bloc European Union (EU).
In June 2022, India and the EU restarted the negotiations for the long-pending trade and investment agreement, after a gap of over eight years.
The negotiations for the ambitious free-trade agreement (FTA) were suspended in 2013 after several rounds of talks spanning six years.
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-French President Macron will land in Rajasthan's capital, Jaipur, in the afternoon, after which he will head towards Amber Fort.
-At Amber Fort, he will receive a cultural welcome and will also witness a small exhibition of local artefacts at Amber Fort's Diwan-i-Khas.
-Post his visit to Amber Fort, the French President will dash towards Jantar Mantar, where he will be greeted by Prime Minister Modi and shown the ancient Indian astronomical prowess.
-At Jantar Mantar, PM Modi and President Macron will board a vehicle designed for a road show called Shobha Yatra, which will terminate near Hawa Mahal, where both leaders will also have photo opportunities.
-At Hawa Mahal, both leaders will shop at local shops, and transactions are likely to be done through UPI.
-After finishing the Shobha Yatra, President Macron will head towards Rambagh Palace, where he will be hosted for a dinner by Prime Minister Modi.
-Macron will head directly to Jaipur airport to emplane for Delhi, as he is the chief guest on Republic Day.
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President Macron's visit will stress France's commitment to creating more opportunities for Indian students, artists, investors, and tourists.
Moreover, "special focus will be given to initiatives fostering student mobility, in support of President Macron's announcement that France seeks to welcome 30,000 Indian students by 2030," the statement highlighted.
Business ties and cross-investments will also be promoted during the visit under the banner of France's "Make It Iconic" nation-branding campaign, which has targeted India as a priority country.
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President Macron's visit will consolidate the ambitious renewal of the France-India strategic partnership that the two leaders decided on in Paris on July 14 through the "Horizon 2047 Roadmap".
Twenty-five years after the launch of their strategic partnership, France and India have embarked on new common goals for the next 25 years.
Accordingly, President Macron's talks with PM Modi will seek to advance our cooperation and finalise new initiatives under the three pillars of the roadmap.
France and India have developed trust-based cooperation aimed at strengthening strategic autonomy, illustrated by close cooperation in the defence sector, including advanced platforms and technologies.
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Macron has previously been in India on a state visit in March 2018 and on an official visit in September 2023 for the Delhi G20 Summit. Further, he has welcomed PM Modi to France on four occasions.
Macron's state visit marks France's sixth participation, the highest of any other nation, as chief guest on India's Republic Day.
Furthermore, it comes months after PM Modi's Paris trip on France's Bastille Day on July 14, 2023.
"This reciprocal invitation to national day celebrations is unprecedented and shows the deep mutual trust and unwavering friendship underpinning Indo-French ties," read an official statement said.
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On Republic Day 26 January, President Macron will attend the Republic Day parade as the chief guest in national capital Delhi.
"He will attend the At Home reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan and, later, the State Banquet, at the invitation of the Hon'ble President of India, H.E. Smt Droupadi Murmu," the statement stated.
French President Emmanuel Macron India Visit Live: Jaipur Itinerary
French President Emmanuel Macron will begin his visit by touring the Amber Fort. Later, he will be received by PM Narendra Modi, and the two leaders will tour Jaipur.
Macron will "tour Amber Fort and interact with artisans, stakeholders in Indo-French cultural projects, as well as students. Thereafter, he will be received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two leaders will visit a few landmarks of the Pink City together, including Jantar Mantar," according to an official statement.
Following their tour, the PM Modi and President Macron will hold in-depth bilateral talks.
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