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The former President of France, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy calls on the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on March 18, 2017. (PIB Photo)

French Former President Sarkozy Meets Modi

Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and congratulated him for the success of “demonetization”.

The Prime Minister congratulated Mr. Sarkozy on the publication of his latest book, “Tout pour la France”. The two leaders discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest.

India’s relations with France have seen a spur in recent period with the Union Cabinet approving the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of Cooperation between Technology Development Board (TDB), Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and Bpifrance, a Public Investment Bank, France.

The agreement will ensure exchange of best practices and setting up of coordinated measures to foster technological exchanges in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation through collaboration between companies, organizations and institutions of France and India.

The agreement aims to carry out activities related to exchange of best practices in the field of Science & Technology through the Technology Development Board and Bpifrance.

Last year, France designated its French public utility Electricite de France (EDF) to take control of AREVA NP and would be the single entry point for Indian side on all matters related to nuclear power projects to be setup at Jaitapur, Maharashtra.

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has entered into an MoU with EDF for implementation of six Evolutionary Pressurised Reactor (EPR) units at Jaitapur, Maharashtra together with associated fuel, fuel services and other services.

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