French president Emmanuel Macron to visit India in December: Strategic ties, smart cities to be top of agenda
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French president Emmanuel Macron to visit India in December: Strategic ties, smart cities to be top of agenda

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Chennai: French president Emmanuel Macron will visit India from 8 to 10 December and discuss with the leadership various issues including strategic and economic ties, France's Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said on Wednesday.

He said a nuclear plant in France will go on stream next year, which will be a reference site for India to decide on buying French nuclear reactors for the Jaitapur site in Maharashtra.

"There will be discussions on economic, strategic, smart cities, renewable energy and other aspects," Ziegler told reporters on the sidelines of an event to announce commencement of direct flights to Paris from Chennai by Jet Airways this month.

According to him, bilateral trade was good and so were French companies' investments in India and vice versa.

Ziegler said French automotive group PSA will start constructing its own car plant near here next year and start production from 2019.

The PSA is partnering with India's CK Birla Group and has announced an investment of around 100 million euros in setting up a 100,000 units per annum car plant.

The PSA group is the second French automotive group to set up base after Renault.

As for the status of discussions with the Indian government on the supply of nuclear reactors, Ziegler said it was progressing smoothly.

He said the Indian stipulation of reactor supplier having a running reactor as a reference site was perfect...

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