Nicolas Sarkozy "France is a friend of India "
Nksagar Sagar Media Inc New Delhi: Dec 6, 12:19 PM
India and France will sign five pacts at the end of summit level talks with a focus to give a big push to the bilateral civil nuclear cooperation. Three of the five agreements are regarding civil nuclear cooperation. These pacts will be inked at Hydrabad House in New Delhi this afternoon. The two Countries have finalized the general framework agreement for implementation of reactors unit at Jaitapur nuclear plant in Maharashtra. They have also concluded a pact of early works agreement for construction of nuclear reactors. Pact between Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and France's atomic energy commission CEA for cooperation in the field of nuclear science and technology has also been concluded besides an MoU between Indian Space research organization, ISRO and France's Centre National D'etudes Spatiales (CNEc] .Another pact on co production of films will also be inked.Media reports;
"We need to put an end to nuclear isolation of India. It was injustice done to India challenging your right to access to civil nuclear energy," Sarkozy, who is on his second visit to India, said.India is now going to be a full-fledged member of the multilateral groups overseeing non-proliferation regimes; he said adding France would support India's application for candidacy of NSG.French President Nicolas Sarkozy left Bangalore on Saturday for New Delhi after a brief visit to this IT hub.Sarkozy, who preferred Bangalore as his first destination for his four-day India tour, visited the ISRO campus in Bangalore.
The French President, leading a team of ministers and a high level business delegation, will visit Taj Mahal in Agra on Saturday evening along with wife singer-model wife Carla Bruni. "France is a friend of India. It will stand with it in its efforts in developing non-polluting energy and nuclear industry," the French President said addressing scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
"We need to put an end to nuclear isolation of India. It was injustice done to India challenging your right to access to civil nuclear energy," Sarkozy, who is on his second visit to India, said.India is now going to be a full-fledged member of the multilateral groups overseeing non-proliferation regimes; he said adding France would support India's application for candidacy of NSG.Sarkozy noted with "delight" that a French company Areva would be setting up nuclear plant at Jaitapur in Maharashtra that would go on to produce 10,000 MWe of "non-polluting" energy.However, he noted, there was certain "inconsistency" in India's approach as while it wanted development of clean energy on one hand, at the same time "restricting access"We cannot force upon India obligations without giving it the means to meet the obligations," he said.Speaking of France's relationship with India, Sarkozy said that his country has been a good friend of India."We don't speak in two languages. We mean what we say." Condemning the 26/11 attacks, he said any such strike on India was an attack on democracy and all democracies stand by India.