INDIA and FRANCE

france-and-india-flagFrance commits €300 million for solar energy

  • French President Francois Hollande  committed €300 million (around $325 million or Rs. 2,200 crore) over the next five years for the global development of solar energy
  • Mr. Hollande announced after inaugurating the interim Secretariat of the International Solar Alliance at Gurgaon, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Through this solar alliance, the French President would like to open a new chapter to help give countries with no resources other than the sun an opportunity to produce electricity for meeting the needs of most of their people.

About International Solar Alliance

  • The International Solar Alliance, envisaged to bring together 122 countries that lie wholly or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn,
  • It is an initiative announced by Mr. Modi at the COP 21 Summit in Paris in November.
  • The member countries are to be those that enjoy 300 or more days in a year of bright sunlight.
  • The Alliance would focus on three broad areas.
  1. First, it is about pooling together the requests of countries with a huge potential in order to reduce their cost of capital.
  2. Second, it is about opening the markets in order to reduce the cost of investment.
  3. Third, it is about transferring the necessary technology and know-how from developed to developing countries
  • The challenge is also to bring in investments. The estimated amount necessary for the advancement of this energy to be more than $1 trillion. Therefore all resources provided by the COP 21 is mobilised so that they are made available to all the countries willing to develop solar energy

India France Bilateral talks

  • India and France signed 14 agreements, including an intergovernmental agreement for purchase of Rafale fighters, nuclear reactors, French railway locomotives and a major commitment to counter terror cooperation.
  • The two leaders came together for their official bilateral talks a day before participating in the Republic Day parade.
  • However the financial component of the deal is yet to be finalised

Terrorism

  • The two sides said they would embark on new ways of cooperation on fighting terrorism, including intelligence-sharing and joint exercises along with the annual strategic dialogues and a joint working group on counter terrorism meetings.
  • They called for “decisive action to be taken against Lashkar-e-Tayibba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network and other terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda,” urging Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Patahankot and Gurdaspur attacks and the 2008 Mumbai attack, in which two French nationals were among those killed.

Space partnership

  • At least three of the 14 agreements signed were on expanding space collaboration.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation and its French counterpart CNES (National Centre for Space Studies) agreed to work together in the next Mars mission, as well as a satellite launch and a thermal infrared observation mission.

French soldiers take part in Republic Day parade

  • French Army soldiers created history by marching down the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade, becoming the first foreign military contingent to take part in the celebrations.india-france
  • Led by Lt Col Paul Bury of the French Army’s 35th Infantry Regiment, one of the oldest regiments of France, the 76-member contingent marched before an audience that included President Pranab Mukherjee, visiting French President and Chief Guest Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Forty-eight members of ‘The Music of the Infantry’, a ceremonial band based in Lyon in France, played two military tunes at the parade as the spectators cheered them.
  • The French Army’s 35th Infantry Regiment traces its origin back to 1604 when it was raised in Lorraine in France.
  • The regiment has as many as 12 battle honours to its credit. It has varied combat experiences, having served in Algeria, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan among other places

Others

  • Under the ‘Make in India’ banner, India and France signed a deal that will allow French industrial major Alstom to make 800 high horse power locomotives in India. The locomotives are expected to be made in the electric locomotives factory in Madhepura, Bihar.
  • Both sides also signed an agreement on upgrading the Delhi-Chandigarh line to 200 kmph, in keeping with France’s special focus on Chandigarh ‘Smart City’ project
  • In the joint statement, France also committed itself to supporting India’s bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council and India’s accession to the multilateral (nuclear) export control regimes in 2016 itself.

Significance

  • The broad spectrum covered by the range of agreements marked continuity in bilateral ties. Agreements on nuclear issue, counterterror, defence show a positive continuum of the past work.
  • But the visit obviously highlights the fact that France remains an important interlocutor for India, in the European Union, as India’s position on sensitive issues have often been supported by France even when it faced opposition from other European powers
  • France has been liberal with technology transfer and its support is crucial for India
Related Posts
A total of 87 infrastructure projects with a combined value of Rs.87,518.77 crore are underway in Karnataka and transportation projects are leading the way with around 52 projects worth Rs.36,237 ...
READ MORE
The year 2016 marks an end of the era of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which drove the global development agenda since the new millennium. The MDGs have paved the way for ...
READ MORE
NammaKPSC ClassRoom: What and Why Kirishi Bhagya
Why Kirishi Bhagya In India, it is estimated that about 6, 000 million tons of top soil are lost annually along with valuable plant nutrients. This along with inappropriate nutrient management practices ...
READ MORE
Kodagu: The Coffee Land of Karnataka- To be the state’s R-Day Tableau
Karnataka will depict various stages of coffee-making, from plucking of beans to making of filter coffee, in a captivating tableau during the Republic Day parade From women plucking coffee beans to ...
READ MORE
Karnataka Budget 2017- 2018 – Highlights
Siddaramaiah, who presented the state budget proposals for 2017-18 in the Assembly on 15th March, tried to explain the financial constraints his government faces because of a sluggish economy. This has ...
READ MORE
Karnataka – Govt Slashes Tax On CCTV Cameras To Increase Surveillance
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and its peripherals are all set to become cheaper with the Commercial Taxes department slashing the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) on the products from ...
READ MORE
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS / KPSC Exams – 10th July 2017
'Startup coast' coming up in Karnataka State-of-the-art innovation centres, modern incubation set-up, tinkering labs and co-working space for startups are coming up in coastal Karnataka. This is the first project of its ...
READ MORE
Rural Development- Rural Employment and Livelihood-
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has been in operation in all the districts of Karnataka State since 2006-07 which is being implemented in a phased manner. The primary ...
READ MORE
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 8th Jan 2018
M S Swaminathan bags 'Basava Krishi' award Noted agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan has been selected for the 'Basava Krishi' award given away by the Panchamasali Peetha of Kudalasangama. The award comprises ...
READ MORE
Karnataka: Hubballi-Dharwad to host State Olympics Games from Feb. 3
The twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad will host the State Level Olympics Games from February 3 to 10 and 275 gold, silver and bronze medals each would be awarded in as ...
READ MORE
Infrastructure projects underway in Karnataka
SDG 3: big agenda, big opportunities for India
NammaKPSC ClassRoom: What and Why Kirishi Bhagya
Kodagu: The Coffee Land of Karnataka- To be
Karnataka Budget 2017- 2018 – Highlights
Karnataka – Govt Slashes Tax On CCTV Cameras To
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS / KPSC Exams
Rural Development- Rural Employment and Livelihood-
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 8th
Karnataka: Hubballi-Dharwad to host State Olympics Games from