INDIA — FRANCE RELATIONS
By now, we all know that French President Emmanuel Macron will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on 26th January 2024, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had announced recently. Mr. Macron has acknowledged the invite and announced that he will be here for the festivities.
Mr. Modi and Mr. Macron in France
Over the years, several French Presidents have been honoured guests at this remarkable event, showcasing the strong diplomatic ties between India and France. Let us therefore look at the many French Presidents who have graced this prestigious occasion in the past.
Président Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing was the first French President to attend India’s Republic Day parade in 1976. His presence marked a significant moment in India-France relations, emphasizing mutual respect and cooperation between the two nations.
Président François Mitterrand
One notable visit was by President François Mitterrand in 1986. His visit strengthened the bilateral relations between France and India, emphasizing cooperation in diverse sectors.
Président Jacques Chirac
In 1998, President Jacques Chirac’s visit reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the two countries. His presence at the Republic Day symbolized the commitment to fostering strong diplomatic ties, particularly in areas of defence, trade, and cultural exchange.
Président Nicolas Sarkozy
Subsequently, in 2008, President Nicolas Sarkozy graced the Republic Day Parade, underscoring the shared values of democracy, liberty, and solidarity between France and India. His visit further bolstered collaboration on key global areas, including climate change, security, and economic cooperation.
Président François Hollande