Chandigarh : French President Francois Hollande has arrived in India on his three-day visit to the country, during which he would be attending the Republic Day Parade as the Chief Guest and would grace the occasion. On his arrival in Chandigarh, Hollande was greeted to a thick security blanket which had been thrown in and around the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana that is hosting a President from a foreign country for the first time.
President Hollande landed in Chandigarh at around 1 pm this afternoon. He was welcomed by PM Narendra Modi’s greetings, which PM tweeted thus — A warm welcome to French President Hollande. We are honoured and delighted to have him as Chief Guest for Republic Day celebrations.
PM Modi met President Hollande and greeted him with warmth and cordial handshake at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh. Hollande has arrived on a three-day visit to India today, which is anticipated as a big move towards culmination of a multibillion-dollar deal for combat airplanes and closer cooperation on counterterrorism and clean energy.
Both leaders visited the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh, where PM Modi introduced Hollande to the grand cultural festivities of regional traditions, when President Hollande got an opportunity to feel the beat of traditional Bhangra rhythm of Punjab. The museum displayed fossils found by Indo-French team of scientists in the Shivalik foothill. The rare collection of Fossils are said to be 2.6 million years old.
Later, President Hollande and PM Modi headed to Taj for India-France CEOs meet and business forum, which is expected to strengthen economic ties between the two nations. Hollande is on a 3-day tour to India, and would be witness to the Republic Day celebrations in the Capital of New Delhi on 26th of January.