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India-France Economic and Commercial Brief

1. Overview of the French Economy

France is the 7th largest economy of the world with a total GDP of USD 2.71 trillion in 2019 with a GDP growth rate of 1.2% in 2019. It had a Per Capita GDP (PPP) of USD 47,223 in 2019. France is an important member of the G-7, OECD and G-20. Its technological strengths make it the leader in sectors such as aviation, space, food processing, transport, railways and agricultural research.

2. India-France Economic & Commercial Relations

The economic and commercial relations are an important component of India's bilateral relations with France. The economic reforms process in India, eleven Prime Ministerial visits from India to France (in 1992, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017 & 2019), the visit of our President to France (in 2000), visit of the French Prime Minister to India (in 2003), the visits of the French President to India (in 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 & 2018) and the growing French interest in establishing their presence in Asian markets including in India have all contributed to the broadening of economic links. The series of high-level visits in the commercial and economic field reflects the growing interest of both the governments in expanding trade between the two countries. France considers India an important market for its products and is looking to increase the number of joint ventures and encouraging investments in and from India.

3. Bilateral Trade in Goods (January to December 2019)

In 2019, the India-France bilateral trade stood at € 11.59 billion (+0.60%) as compared to the corresponding period the previous year. India’s exports to France were valued at € 6.23 billion, up by 4% during this period. Meanwhile, Indian imports from France decreased by 3.07% to € 5.35 billion.

India-France Trade in Goods in the last Decade (in Million €)

Year
(Jan. to Dec.)

Indian Exports
to France

French Exports
to India

Total Trade

Balance
of Trade
for India

Y-o-Y % Changes in Total Trade

2010

4,130

2,900

7,030

+1,227

+30.83%

2011

4,696

2,769

7,465

+1,927

+6.23%

2012

4,656

3,256

7,912

+1,400

+5.98%

2013

4,440

2,713

7,153

+1,727

-9.59%

2014

5,216

2,704

7,920

+2,502

+10.70%

2015

5,218

2,703

8,548

+2,196

+7.91%

2016

4,669

3,910

8,580

+759

+0.37%

2017

5,362

5,345

10,707

+17

+24.79%

2018

5,993

5,529

11,522

+463

+7.61

2019

6,238

5,358

11,596

+880

+0.64

Source: French Ministry for Economy & Finance (Data rounded off to nearest million €)

Trends in 2020

Trade

In July 2020, India-France bilateral trade stood at € 1.034 billion. India’s exports to France stood at € 390.9 million. Main exports to France included: medicaments; T-shirts; telephones for cellular networks ‘mobile telephones’ or for other wireless networks; radar apparatus; semi-finished products, of iron or non-alloy steel; new pneumatic tyres, of rubber, of a kind used on agricultural or forestry vehicles and machines; articles of jewellery and parts thereof, of precious metal other than silver, whether or not plated or clad with precious metal; frozen shrimps of the genus ‘Penaeus’; women's or girls' dresses of artificial fibres (excl. knitted or crocheted and petticoats); women's or girls' blouses, shirts and shirt-blouses of man-made fibres (excl. knitted or crocheted and vests).

Meanwhile, French exports to India stood at € 643.98 million. Main exports to India included: aeroplanes and other powered aircraft of an of an unladen weight > 15.000 kg (excl. helicopters and dirigibles); parts suitable for use solely or principally with transmission apparatus not incorporating reception apparatus for radio-broadcasting or television, video camera recorders, radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus and remote control apparatus, n.e.s.; radar apparatus; vaccines for human medicine; electronic assemblies suitable for use solely or principally with transmission and reception apparatus for radio-broadcasting or television, television cameras, digital cameras, video camera recorders, radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus or radio remote control apparatus, monitors and projectors, n.e.s.; parts suitable for use solely or principally with television cameras, reception apparatus for radio-broadcasting or television, and monitors and projectors, n.e.s. (excl. aerials, cabinets and casings, electronic assemblies and parts for monitors and projectors of a kind solely or principally used in an automatic data-processing machine); other confidential organic chemicals; hand tools, incl. glaziers' diamonds, of base metal, n.e.s.; other confidential pharmaceutical products; aerials (excl. inside and outside aerials for radio or television broadcast receivers and telescopic and whip-type aerials for portable apparatus or for apparatus for fitting in motor vehicles).

4. Bilateral Trade in Services

Based on annual data provided by the French Central Bank (Banque de France), Indian exports of services to France recorded a very slight increase of 0.16% from January to December 2019 as compared to the same period of the previous year from € 2.45 billion to € 2.46 billion, with the following categories of services registering a growth (in descending order): building & public works (+630%); manufacturing services supplied by physical inputs held by third parties (+42.02%); maintenance & repair services (+34.92%); travel (+29.12%); cultural, leisure & personal services (+25%) and telecommunication, computer & information services (+5.26%). However, the following categories have shown a decrease: pension & insurance services (-88.29%); commission for use of intellectual property (-29.26%); financial services (-9.70%); transport (-7.69%) and other services to businesses (-2.88%).

Indian imports of services from France also registered a growth of 3.94% last year from € 1.92 billion in 2018 to € 2 billion in 2019. The following categories contributed to this increase (in descending order): cultural, leisure & personal services (+1,290%); manufacturing services supplied by physical inputs held by third parties (+91.04%); other services to businesses (+30.16%); maintenance & repair services (+21.46%); telecommunication, computer & information services (+8.48%); commission for use of intellectual property (+2.17%) and travel (+1.96%). In contrast, the following ones have gone down: pension & insurance services (-184.61%); financial services (-42.85%); transport (-12.53%); building & public works (-100%) and goods & services of public administration (-100%).

India-France Trade in Services over the last 5 Years (in Million €)

Year
(Jan.-Dec.)

Indian Exports
to France

French Exports
to India

Total

Y-o-Y % of Increase/Decrease

2015

1,715

1,695

3,410

-7.33

2016

1,775

1,463

3,238

-5.04

2017

2,563

1,739

4,302

+32.85

2018

2,459

1,928

4,387

+1.97

2019

2,463

2,004

4,467

+1.82

Composition of India-France Trade in Services in 2019 (in Million €)

No.

Major Categories of Services

Indian Exports
to France

Indian Imports from France

1.

Manufacturing services supplied by physical inputs held by third parties

98

128

2.

Maintenance & repair services

85

266

3.

Transport

336

551

4.

Travel

266

259

5.

Building & public works

73

0

6.

Pension & insurance services

11

-77

7.

Financial services

93

20

8.

Commission for use of intellectual property

116

141

9.

Telecommunication, computer & information services

460

179

10.

Other services to businesses

910

397

11.

Cultural, leisure & personal services

15

139

12.

Goods & services of public administration

0

0

13.

Other services (not included elsewhere)

0

0

Total

2,463

2,004

5. French Investments in India

France has emerged as a major source of FDI for India with more than 1,000 French establishments already present in India. France is the 9th largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative investment of USD 8.72 billion from April 2000 to June 2020 which represents 2% of the total FDI inflows into India according to statistics provided by the DIPP. The highest FDI equity inflows are in the services sector (14.57%), with cement & gypsum products (11.39%) in the second place, followed by air transport (including air freight) (9.12%), petroleum & natural gas (8.72%) and automobile industry (4.57).

Most big French groups have their subsidiaries in India. There are also a few joint ventures and liaison offices of French companies in India. 39 of the 40 CAC 40 (French Stock Market Index) companies are present in India. Around 50-70 SMEs are also present in India essentially in the mechanical and pharma-chemical sectors. French companies are present in a wide range of sectors: services (BNP Paribas, Capgemini, Havas, Sodexo, etc.); pharmaceutical-chemical (Arkema, L’Oréal, Sanofi, Total, etc.); aerospace (Airbus, Dassault, Eurocopter, Safran, Thales, etc.); agro-food (Bongrain, Danone, Lactalis, Lesaffre, Pernod Ricard, etc.); electronics (Crouzet, Gemalto, Oberthur, Safran, STMicroelectronics, etc.); construction mechanics (Alstom, Cermex, Legris Group, Poclain, Sidel, etc.); electrical components (Hager, Legrand, Schneider Electric, etc.); automobile (Faurecia, Michelin, Plastic Omnium, Renault, Valeo, etc.).

French investments cleared during 2020 include amongst others Systra (rural/urban transport system), Decathlon (sports products & equipment), CMA Terminals (terminals for container vessels) and Athena Pharmaceutiques (pharmaceutical formulations).
[According to the estimates from the French Embassy in India, French companies employ around 300,000 persons in India and have a turnover of more than USD 20 billion and have a minimum stock investment portfolio of USD 19 billion].

FDI Equity Inflows from France

Financial Year
(April-March)

FDI Equity Inflows from France

INR Crores

USD Million

€ Million

Y-o-Y % Changes

2000-01

455

104

92

N.A.

2001-02

488

108

95

+3.5

2002-03

533

111

98

+3.3

2003-04

176

38

33

-65.6

2004-05

536

117

104

+206.7

2005-06

82

18

16

-84.2

2006-07

527

117

103

+533.6

2007-08

582

145

128

+23.7

2008-09

2,098

466

412

+221.4

2009-10

1,436

302

267

-35.1

2010-11

3,348

734

649

+142.6

2011-12

3,110

662

586

-9.7

2012-13

3,487

646

571

-2.4

2013-14

1,841

305

270

-52.7

2014-15

3,881

634

587

+117.42

2015-16

3,937

598

544

-7.32

2016-17

4,112

614

574

+5.51

2017-18

3,297

511

414

-27.87

2018-19

2,890

406

361

-12.80

2019-20

13,686

1,896

1,730

+379.22

Cumulative Inflows
(April 2000 to June 2020)

51,907

8,723

7,415

/

Source: DIPP


6. Indian Investments in France

According to the ‘Business France Annual Report 2019’, a public operator supporting French investors in India and Indian investors in France, there are more than 120 Indian companies operating in France (including sub-subsidiaries), employing more than 8,000 persons.

Eighteen Indian investment projects were recorded in France in 2019, creating or maintaining nearly 360 jobs, up strongly from 2018.

Indian projects often involved decision-making centers (11 projects, representing one-third of jobs) and production/manufacturing operations (three projects; 90 jobs). Logistics was particularly important in terms of jobs, providing half the number of jobs created in 2019.

Investments were mainly made in the software and IT services sector (six projects; 104 jobs), while the pharmaceuticals/biotechnologies sector was responsible for nearly 30% of jobs generated by Indian investment.

Location-wise, Indian companies invested primarily in île-de-France (Paris region) (four projects), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (three projects; 38% of jobs) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (three projects).

In 2019, the leading European recipient of job-creating investment from India was the United Kingdom, attracting 24% of all Indian projects in Europe, followed by the Netherlands (20%), while France received 7%.

As per 31st December, 2018, the FDI stock in France was 184 million.

Indian investments in France have been growing and it is estimated that the total stock of Indian investments in France is approximately € 1 billion. Indian investment in France has come in different sectors such as pharmaceuticals (Biological E, Dishman, Sun Pharma, Wockhardt & Zydus), ITeS (HCL Technologies, Hinduja Tech, Infosys, Ittiam, Mindtree, Tata Consultancy Services & Wipro), wine (Kingfisher), steel (Electrosteel & Tata Steel), plastics (Sintex Industries), railway wagons (Titagarh Wagons), aerospace (Axiscades), Auto Parts (Banco Products & SMRC), Two-wheelers (Mahindra&Mahindra), Metal Forging (Aditya Birla & Bharat Forge), etc.

Samvardhana Motherson Group (automotive) with a workforce of 2,300 persons, Tata Group (software & ITeS, metals and metalworking) with 2,000 employees, UPL (chemicals & plastics) with 500-600 employees, Mahindra&Mahindra (automotive) with a workforce of 500 and Centum Electronics (electronic equipment) with the same number of persons are the five largest Indian employers in France.

In 2019, 61% of Indian investments in France were in decision-making centers; 3% of foreign investments in this area were made by Indian companies. Last year, 33% of Indian investments in France were in the software/IT services sector; 3% of foreign investments in this sector were made by Indian companies.

The following four Indian companies invested in France in 2019: i) GeneStore: A specialist in genomics, GeneStore is developing a personalized care path proposal tool based on the genomic profiles of patients. Its aim is to establish 100 test laboratories worldwide. For its first European site, Genestore chose France. It has taken over the cell biology research company ICDD, located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and plans to invest €500,000, ii) Dualeap: This company develops innovative technological solutions and processes in various industries such as aviation, energy and the maritime sector. As part of the international development of the aerospace industry and to meet its growth, Dualeap decided to establish its headquarters in Toulouse (Occitanie). It plans to invest € 13 million in the development and marketing of its ClearBox solution and to hire 15 to 20 employees in the next three years, iii) DS Group: Founded in 1929, this group has a portfolio of activities covering a varied number of sectors, such as the food industry, hotels and packaging, among others. DS Group acquired a 12% stake in Lalique Group, a company specializing in the production of luxury glass objects. For Lalique, this investment will lead to the development of new commercial opportunities in the Indian market & iv) Modi Group: Representing the Indian cosmetic brand Colobar, Modi Group is continuing its development in France through the acquisition of French company Provaine, which owns the customizable varnish brand ‘La nail revolution’ in Toulon (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region). The investment amounts to € 5 million and will result in five jobs being maintained.

7. Issues related to Trade Protection/Rejection of Indian Goods, Sanitary and Phytosanitary/Technical Barriers and other Non-Tariff Barriers

Export consignments of agro and food products are bound by higher Sanity and Phytosanitary (SPS) and Minimum Residual Level (MRL) standards, which are applicable across the EU. Failure to comply with them may attract border rejection and rapid alerts. In addition, export of goods/articles containing chemicals e.g. clothing, footwear, leather products, gems and jewelry, furniture, packing materials, pharmaceuticals etc. require compliance with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation which are also applicable across the EU.

8. Bilateral Mechanisms to promote Trade and Investments
India-France Joint Committee for Economic & Technical Cooperation (JCETC) was set up on 26th January, 1976 through an exchange of letters between the Ministers of Commerce and Foreign Trade. Meetings are held at Ministerial level alternately in Delhi and Paris. This Joint Committee is the major institutional mechanism for cooperation in the economic and technical sector. The 17th session of the Joint Committee was held on 24th October, 2017 in Paris. The entire gamut of bilateral economic and commercial relationship was reviewed at the meeting, and both sides agreed to continue and intensify cooperation.
Joint Working Groups (JWGs) at the senior official level have also been constituted through MoUs to deal with specific aspects of economic cooperation, including for Agriculture and Food Processing, IT & Telecommunications, Roads, Sustainable Urban Development and Energy. During the visit of French President to India (14-15 February 2013), the two countries further agreed to establish an annual bilateral Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) between the two Finance Ministries on economic and financial issues. The first such Economic and Financial Dialogue was held in Paris on 29th October 2013.

9. Bilateral Agreements/Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

India and France have signed a number of Agreements to facilitate the expansion of commercial relations.

Among these are the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) [where India has requested a protocol, to amend Article 28 to insert new disclosure norms on which bilateral consultations are continuing], MoU on cooperation in Tourism, MoU on Intellectual Property and a Social Security Exemption Agreement (SSA).

In October 2012, India and France signed an Agreement for cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development. Another MoU on Bilateral Cooperation in Food Industries Sector was signed on 24th October 2012.

During the visit of French President to India (14-15 February, 2013), the two countries concluded an MoU between the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India and the French National Railways (SNCF) on Technical Cooperation in the field of Railway Sector as well as a General Framework Agreement between Oséo (the French Innovation Promotion Agency) and Technology Development Board (TDB) of India to establish a collaborative framework under which Oséo and TDB may carry out activities related to the exchanging of best practices and the setting up of coordinated measures to foster technological exchanges and innovation collaborations between companies, organizations and institutions of France and India.

The following four agreements/MoUs were signed during the visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to France on 10-11 April, 2015: i) MoU on cooperation in the field of renewable energy between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Government of France; ii) Railway Protocol between Indian Ministry of Railways and French National Railways (SNCF) on cooperation in semi high speed rail and station renovation; iii) MoU between National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), India and the National Commission for Vocational Qualifications (Commission nationale de la Certification professionnelle - CNCD) & iv) Letter of Intent on Tourism.

During French President François Hollande’s visit to Indian in January 2016, MoUs were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Hollande in the field of smart and sustainable cities and helicopter production as also JV agreements and Letters of Intent in the field of renewable energy/wind energy.

India and France signed a MoU on civil aviation in April 2017 in New Delhi in the presence of Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation, and Mr. Alain Vidalies, Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries, to strengthen India-France cooperation on transport.

Both countries signed a pact in March 2018 in New Delhi to deepen cooperation in the environment field while affirming their commitment to lead the fight against climate change. The pact was signed by the Minister of State for Environment, Shri Mahesh Sharma, and the French Minister of State, attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Ms. Brune Poirson.

The following four MoUs were signed during the visit of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, to France in August 2019: i) MoU between the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), ii) Administrative arrangement between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and the French Ministry of National Education and Youth, for Cooperation in Skill Development and Vocational Training, iii) Cooperation agreement between the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), an autonomous scientific society of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Atos, a French multinational IT service and consulting firm & iv) Implementing arrangement between ISRO and CNES (France) for Joint Maritime Domain Awareness.

10. Agreement on Social Security

An Agreement on Social Security exemption was signed during Prime Minister’s visit in September 2008. The Agreement has been ratified by the two sides and has come into force on 1st July, 2011. The agreement will protect the interests of expatriate workers and the companies on a reciprocal basis.  It helps workers by (i) providing for exemption from social security contribution in case of short-term contracts;  (ii) exportability of pension in case of relocation to the home country or any third country; and (iii) totalization of the contribution periods.

11. VIE (Volontariat International en Enterprise)

Voluntary International Apprenticeship Program: Under this scheme, started in 2008, young French interns/graduates are sent to French companies in India as trainees for a period of one year. The cost is borne by the company utilizing the trainee, with Government defraying certain costs and offering tax subsidies to companies utilizing the scheme. At present there is a cap of 250 visas per annum under the scheme, and the validity of the scheme has been extended till September 2020.

12. CEOs Forum

During French President’s visit to India in January 2008, it was decided to establish an India-France Foundation which could begin as an India-France high level CEO’s Round Table. An announcement was made during PM’s visit to France in September 2008 to set up an India-France High level CEOs Forum. The Indian side is headed by Mr. Dhruv Sawhney, Chairman, Triveni Engineering & Industries (earlier by Mr. Narayana Murthy, Chief Mentor of Infosys). The French side is headed by Mr. Paul Hermelin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Capgemini, and Special Representative of the French Government for Indo-French Economic Relations. The 1st meeting of the Forum was held in New Delhi on 28-29 November, 2009; 2nd meeting took place on 24-25 June, 2010 at Paris; 3rd meeting was held in New Delhi on 6th December 2010; 4th meeting held in Paris on 30-31 January, 2012; 5th meeting of the Forum held in New Delhi on 22-23 November, 2012 which discussed issues related to India-France collaboration on various PPP projects in infrastructure, sustainable development with focus on energy efficiency and corporate social responsibility, especially in the field of promoting education. During the visit of the French President to India on 14-15 February, 2013, the CEO’s forum presented its recommendations on Private-Public Partnerships, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development to the two governments. The 6th meeting of the CEO Forum was held in Paris on 8-9 July, 2013. The meeting discussed issues related to Education and employability through skill building. The Indian CEOs called on the French President and were assured that they would be treated at par with French businesses when investing in France. The 7th meeting of the CEO’s Forum was held in Paris, France on 9th April, 2015 as a precursor to the visit of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, to France in April 2015. The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius, was present at the Forum as also Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Mr. Amitabh Kant. 30 CEOs took part in this event. The topics discussed included Energy, Water, Agro and Food Processing, Skill Development and Education, Defence and Aerospace and Life Sciences. There was a decision to constitute five Task Forces with designated Sherpas on (i) Energy (conventional and renewable) (ii) Water and Waste (iii) Life Sciences (iv) Defence & Aerospace and (v) Infrastructure Financing; the 8th meeting of the Forum was held in Chandigarh on 24th January, 2016 during the visit of President Hollande to India. The French Finance Minister, Mr. Michel Sapin, and Secretary Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Mr. Amitabh Kant, attended this session. Projects were proposed in the following identified sectors: defence, green economy, smart cities, infrastructure & transportation, water, and financial sector. The 9th meeting of the Forum was held in Paris on 13th January, 2017. The Forum was convened in the presence of Mr. Michel Sapin, the Minister of Economy and Finance. Members reviewed the progress since the last meeting which was held in Chandigarh on 24th January, 2016 on the sidelines of the visit of President Hollande to India. The topics discussed included Smart Cities - Transport & IT, Infrastructure, Energy & Water and Defence. The 10th CEO’s Forum was held on 10th March, 2018 in New Delhi during President Macron’s official visit to India. The 11th Indo-French CEO’s Forum (virtual platform) will be held on 20-21 January, 2021.

13. India-France Economic Cooperation through AFD (French Agency for Development)

Pursuant to signing of a MoU in September 2008 between Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) and the French Agency for Development, the AFD extends credit for various projects in India. The priority areas for AFD economic cooperation in India are (i) energy efficiency and renewable energy within the framework of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), (ii) urban infrastructure (public transport, water, etc., through sustainable development projects and infrastructure development programmes such as JNNURM), and (iii) the preservation of biodiversity. The current projects being supported by the AFD include (i) ‘Reorganizing the Water Supply System of Jodhpur City in Rajasthan’, Phase II worth € 71.1 million (ii) ‘Forestry and Bio-diversity Conservation Project in Assam’ worth € 54 million (iii)  Credit Facility Agreement (CFA) for the Bangalore Metro Rail Project, Phase-I (iv) IREDA II and (v) Cochin Metro Project.

14. India-France Business Associations in France

France-India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFI, Neuilly-sur-Seine) was created in 1984 as a non-profit organization that aims to promote bilateral commercial relations between India and France. It has as its members several Indian and French companies. The Mission has been working with CCIFI to promote bilateral relations through joint activities.

The Chamber brings out a fortnightly newsletter in French and English which provides information in brief on various topics pertaining to economy, trade and industry.

With the support of the Mission, an India-France Business Club (Business Club France Inde) was started in January 2014 in Marseille, the second largest city in France after Paris and the largest port, to assist Indian businesses, entrepreneurs and to generate interest about India among the French businesses in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region.

15. Activities for promoting Trade and Investment

Promotion of economic and commercial relations between India and France is a major priority for the Mission and the E&C Wing, under the direction and guidance of the Ambassador, works to promote Indian business and industry by encouraging trade and investment, assisting Indian firms with Government and private sector contacts, providing information, supporting and advising Indian companies about the French market.

Major commercial activities of the Mission include : (i) promotion of Indian goods and services in France, (ii) promotion of Brand India and corporate image of India, (iii) promotion of India as a foreign direct investment destination, and (iv) promotion of the ‘Make in India’ campaign. In each of these activities Mission’s action mostly involve gathering and dissemination of information, outreach, coordination and facilitation.

16. Recent Ministerial Visits from India to France

11-12 November, 2019 - External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar, visited Paris and held Talks with Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs. The two Ministers discussed Issues of Bilateral Partnership and International Importance. EAM also attended the 2nd edition of the ‘Paris Peace Forum’ where he participated in a High-Level Panel-Discussion on Multilateral Governance of Cyberspace. He also called on the French President on the sidelines of the Forum. EAM later addressed a Gathering of Prominent Business Representatives and Think-Tank Members and gave an Interview to French daily newspaper Le Monde.

23-24 October, 2019 - Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan, visited Reunion Island along with a Business Delegation to participate in a Summit Meeting on ‘Regional Economic Integration in the Indo-Pacific’ organized by France. He held conversations with several French Ministers and also called on French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron.

7-10 October, 2019 - Raksha Mantri, Shri Rajnath Singh, visited Paris for the second bilateral Ministerial-Level Annual Defence Dialogue with his Counterpart, Ms. Florence Parly, France’s Minister for the Armed Forces. During the visit, RM also called on the French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, and interacted with Heads of Key French Defence Industry Enterprises. RM also visited Bordeaux to attend the Handing Over Ceremony of the first Rafale Fighter Aircraft to be acquired from France under the Inter-Governmental Contract signed in September 2016. He also visited select Defence Industry Sites in France.

30 November-1 December, 2018 - Visit to Le Puy and Lyon of Dr. G. Parmeshwara, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka & Minister for Bengaluru Development, for a Study Tour on Municipal Solid Waste Management.

21-23 October, 2018 - Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industry, inaugurated the Biennial Food Innovation Exhibition, 'SIAL', at Paris-Nord Villepinte (Paris Region). The Meghalaya Chief Minister, Shri Sangma, visited Paris on this occasion as also a delegation from the State of Manipur. Minister Badal had a bilateral meeting with the French Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Didier Guillaume, on 21st October, 2018 at Paris-Nord Villepinte on the opening day of the Fair. The Minister delivered the opening address at the 5th edition of the ‘France-India Agri-Business & Food Processing Industries’ Conference organized by the India-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 22nd October, 2018.

11-12 October, 2018 - Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister, attended in Paris the 1st ‘Ministerial Meeting of the Bilateral Annual Defence Dialogue between India & France’ along with the French Minister of Armed Forces, Ms. Florence Parly.

4-6 October, 2018 - Visit to France of a 7-Member Delegation led by Shri M.C. Sampath, Minister for Industries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, to promote the 2nd ‘Global Investors' Summit' on 23-24 January, 2019 in Chennai

27 September, 2018 - Shri Sa. Ra. Mahesh, Minister for Tourism & Sericulture, Govt. of Karnataka, visited the 40th Annual International Event for the French Travel Market 'IFTM Top Resa' in Paris.

18-20 September, 2018 - Shri Chaudhry Birendra Singh, Union Minister of Steel, attended the Ministerial Meeting of GFSEC at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.

29-30 August, 2018 - Visit to France of a 4-Member Delegation led by Shri K.J. George, Minister of IT and Large and Medium Size Industry, Govt. of Karnataka

18-19 June, 2018 - Visit to Paris of Smt. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, to name the Indian Cultural Center

31 May-4 June, 2018 - Visit to France of Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation, for an Informal Gathering of WTO Trade Ministers on the Sidelines of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris. The Minister called on Mr. Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council and also met Ms. Elisabeth Borne, Minister of Transport, to discuss Cooperation on Issues of Bilateral Importance. Shri Suresh Prabhu visited the Airbus Manufacturing Facility and also saw the IndiGo Passenger Planes being built at Toulouse. He finally had discussions with Mr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency, on Issues regarding the World Energy Security.

22 May, 2018 - Visit of Shri Ponnaiah Ayyapan Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Finance and Shipping, to Monaco for Meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Finance and Industry

12 December, 2017 - Visit of Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, for the ‘One Planet Summit’ organized by the French Foreign Office in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris Region)

7-8 November, 2017 - Visit of Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, for the ‘2017 International Energy Agency Ministerial Meeting’ at the International Energy Agency in Paris

23-24 October, 2017 - Visit of Shri C.R. Chaudhary, Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, for the 17th Session of the India-France Joint Commission Meeting in Paris

19-23 June, 2017 - Visit of Shri Priyank Kharge, Minister of Tourism & Information Technology, Govt. of Karnataka for the ‘Paris Air Show’

19-23 June, 2017 - Visit of Shri Prakash Pant, Minister of Finance, Govt. of Uttarakhand, to participate at the ‘India Skill Week’ in Paris

8 June, 2017 - Visit of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, to take part at the Ministerial Meeting for WTO Negotiations on the sidelines of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris

6-7 June, 2017 - Visit of Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, for the Annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris

17-20 October, 2016 - Visit of Dr. Subash Bhambre, Minister of State (Defence Production), for ‘Euronaval’ Defence Exhibition.  During his visit, he also called on French Defence Minister, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian.

18-20 October, 2016 - Visit of Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries, during the ‘SIAL’ Food Fair in Paris.  She met French Minister of Agriculture, Food & Forest, Mr. Stéphane Le Foll.

1-5 September, 2016 - Visit of Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles, to Paris during the ‘Who’s Next & Première Classe’ Textile & Garments Exhibition. She met Mr. Marc-Antoine Jamet, Secretary General, LVMH, the French luxury goods group.

1-2 June, 2016 - Visit of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Commerce and Industry, to attend the Informal Gathering of the WTO Ministers on the margins of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris
11-12 April, 2016 - Visit of Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, to discuss the possible Areas of Cooperation between India and France in the Railway Sector. The Minister also addressed the ‘Emerging Forum’ organized by the Banque de France in Paris. He met Minister of State for Railways, Mr. Alain Vidalies, and also paid a courtesy call on Mr. Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council of France.

5-6 October, 2015 - Visit of Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, to Bordeaux to attend a Global Intelligent Transportation Summit. During his visit, he also met France’s Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, Ms. Ségolène Royal, in Paris.

Source: Embassy of India, Paris (updated till November 13, 2020)