French President to visit India next month

NEW DELHI: French President Francois Hollande will visit India next month, local media reported Thursday.

The French president will be on a two-day visit to the Indian capital and Mumbai starting February 14 to press upon the speedy conclusion of negotiations for the purchase of 126 medium multi- role combat aircraft (MMRCA), a deal worth well over 10 billion U. S. dollars, ‘The Times of India’ newspaper reported, quoting sources.

During Hollande’s visit, the two sides may also discuss the modalities of the final commercial agreement with nuclear giant Areva to build European Pressurized Reactors in India.

However, there has been no official announcement from India about the visit yet.