New Delhi, January 24: The French President Francois Hollande who is on a three-day tour and will arrive soon at Chandigarh said that the multi-billion dollar Rafale jet deal is on ‘right-track’, but agreed that technicalities will take time.
Rafale jets are key to the $150-billion military modernisation drive which has been launched by the India Air Force to counter Pakistan and China. Last year PM Modi announced India would buy 36 Rafale jets but the deal is still under pipeline.
The French President who is on his way to India was invited as a chief guest for Republic Day. Hollande also congratulated Narendra Modi for “his diplomacy reflecting both a sense of proportion and strong determination”.
On Pathankot attack which claimed lives of several Indian officers, Hollande said, “India is fully justified to ask for justice against perpetrators. India and France are united in their determination to act together against terrorism”. Read Also: (French President Francois Hollande’s 3-day India tour starts today, all you need to know)
President Hollande is the fifth French leader to attend Republic Day celebrations and he is the second French President to visit Chandigarh city.
Hollande will be accompanied by a group of ministers and French businessman along with PM Modi at the famous tourist spots Rock Garden, Capitol Complex, and Government Museum including Art Gallery. Both leaders are expected to stay 15 minutes at each spot. Then they will attend a business summit.
Chandigarh has a French connection since the time of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who invited one of the world renowned architect Le Corbusier of French origin to develop the city. Earlier Hollande has expressed his desire to see Le Corbusier’s works like Rock Garden, Capitol Complex, Art Gallery and Government Museum.