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  1. PARIKRAMA

    PARIKRAMA Angel or Devil? Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Strong French presence at the India Nuclear Energy 2017
    H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, participated in India Nuclear Energy (INE) 2017, being held on 9th - 10th November 2017, in Mumbai. India’s vibrant civil nuclear energy summit and exhibition sees a strong participation from the French nuclear industry this year, which is represented by 40 French suppliers at the French stand.
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    Mumbai, 9 - 10 November 2017

    The French delegation, whose visit has been organised by Business France, the French trade and investment agency, and GIIN - French Nuclear Suppliers Association, are present for the seventh consecutive year at the INE. They will display the entire gamut of expertise that France can offer to countries seeking to build new nuclear facilities and avail of experienced suppliers with proven technologies in this sector.

    On Thursday 9th November, Mr Alexandre Ziegler and Mr Gérard Kottmann, President – AIFEN French Nuclear Industry Exporters Association, addressed the delegates of India Nuclear Energy 2017 during the inaugural conference organised by UBM.

    On this occasion, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, “I am proud of the sizeable presence of the French nuclear suppliers at INE 2017. They are keen on joining forces with their Indian counterparts to meet the challenge of reconciling energy needs with clean development, thus paving the way for India’s economy to grow in a sustainable manner.”

    Mr Philippe Angleret, President – GIIN, spoke during the “Supply Chain” round table that took place on 9th November afternoon, providing an overview of France’s extensive expertise developed over decades of designing various types of reactors across the world. He also highlighted the importance of strengthening Indo-French cooperation under the “Make in India” programme through industrial partnerships. Senior officials from EDF and France’s institutional public agencies in the nuclear sector, such as CEA, INSTN, I2EN and ADNRA, also spoke on this occasion.

    The ambitious scope of India’s civil nuclear programme and its government’s commitment to meeting its energy needs with limited impact on the environment has made India a leading market for the nuclear sector. India’s NPCIL and France’s EDF are currently in discussions for the supply of six EPR-type reactors of 1650 MW each.
    Thank you for your attention and thank you very much for your welcome.

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    LIST OF FRENCH COMPANIES AT INE 2017
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    https://in.ambafrance.org/Strong-French-presence-at-the-India-Nuclear-Energy-2017
     
  2. PARIKRAMA

    PARIKRAMA Angel or Devil? Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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  3. The enlightened

    The enlightened Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Buyer-Seller Relationship rephrased to fool suckers.
    To sell its products.

    Which we should have been making ourselves. Not something to cheer for Indian nationalists.
     
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    Som Thomas 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Better French and f' off to the rest of US and their lackeys French mostly follow an independent policy.

    1) France was one of the few nations who did not condemn India's nuclear tests in 1998
    2) Supported India's bid to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council as well as G-8.
    3)France is one of the largest suppliers of nuclear fuel to India, and signed a "Framework Agreement for Civil Nuclear Co-operation" in January 2008.After India's waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), both nations signed an agreement that would pave the way for the sale of French-made nuclear reactors to India on 30 September 2008.

    One dont forget old friends.
     
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    Lion of Rajputana Captain FULL MEMBER

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    This is fantastic. Vive la France! :France: One of India's most unsung, but solid and reliable friends.
     
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  7. Picdelamirand-oil

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    Navy Chief Sunil Lanba in France, to hold talks with top military brass
    Updated: Nov 07, 2017, 12.24 AM IST

    NEW DELHI: Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has begun a six-day visit to France to explore new avenues of cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.

    Admiral Lanba will meet French Defence Minister Florence Parly and will hold talks with Chief of Defence Staff General Francois Lecointre and Chief of French Navy Admiral Christophe Prazuck, the Navy said in a statement.

    "The visit aims to consolidate cooperation between the armed forces of both India and France and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation," it said.

    Admiral Lanba, during his November 5-10 visit, will also visit the French Airbase at Landivisiau where he will be briefed on the operational employability of the Rafale aircraft by the French Air Force.

    In September last year, India had signed an Euro 7.87- billion (approx Rs 59,000 crore) deal with the French government for the purchase of 36 Rafale twin-engine fighter jets.

    The supply of Rafale jets is scheduled to start from September, 2019.

    Admiral Lanba's visit to France comes 10 days after the French defence minister visited India during which both sides had decided to expand their military cooperation in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region, besides resolving to further ramp up the overall defence and security ties.

    Admiral Lanba is also the chairman of the powerful chiefs of staff committee (CoSC) which comprises the Army, Navy and IAF chiefs.

    He will also be visiting the Maritime Prefectures at Brest and Cherbourg, and the French submarine facility at Cherbourg.

    Defence and security ties between India and France have witnessed an upward trajectory in the last few years.

    The two countries established a strategic partnership in 1998, enhancing bilateral cooperation in strategic areas such as defence, nuclear energy and space.

    The Indian Navy cooperates with the French Navy on many issues, which include operational interactions such as the Varuna series of bilateral exercises.

    French shipbuilding major Naval Group, formerly DCNS, is part of the Indian Navy's project P 75 under which six Scorpene submarines are being made in India with the transfer of technology from the French firm.

    Warships from Indian Navy have been regularly visiting ports at France.


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  8. Picdelamirand-oil

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    France ready for 'further cooperation in submarine field' with India
    By Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
    Updated: Oct 28, 2017, 12.12 AM IST

    MIHAN (NAGPUR): In line with the sustained defence manufacturing under the Make in India initiative and exchange of key technologies, French Defence Minister Florence Parly today said that she discussed further cooperation in the submarine field with her Indian counterpart, Nirmala Sitharaman.

    On the sidelines of attending the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) manufacturing facility at Mihan, Parly said that she met Sitharaman today. Among the key highlights of the meeting Parly said was, "We discussed cooperation in the submarine field."

    India which is faced with several ageing attack submarines is strengthening its submarine fleet. An Indian government shipyard, Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL), through technology transfer from French defence firm, Naval Group, is manufacturing stealth Scorpene class submarines.

    Parly said, "The first Scorpene submarine will be launched in a few days."

    This could mean that Kalvari, the first such submarine, will be commissioned into the Indian Navy in the coming days. Parly is visiting the MDL facility at Mumbai tomorrow, where she will be briefed by the Western Naval Command.

    India is also working on another submarine program, Project 75 (I), which is the next generation of stealth submarines. The Naval Group is one of the firms
    contesting for the project.

    In relation, a statement issued by the Defence Ministry today stated, "The two ministers comprehensively reviewed developments in defence equipment and industry cooperation, where France is a major partner. They agreed to strongly support projects for defence manufacturing under the Make in India initiative as well as promote defence technology and R&D cooperation."

    In additon, Parly at the new manufacturing facility for production of key components of the Rafale jets said, "the plant is proof of the industrial relationship and will enable technology exchanges. It also indicates common ambition for high quality industry in the naval aviation sector."

    Although she didn't say whether there was discussion on a future order for additional Rafales, she said, "The facility can be a production chain of Rafales depending on potential orders."

    Parly also said that she discussed with Sitharaman the situation in the Indian Ocean Region. The Indian Navy is witnessing a growing presence of Chinese naval vessels, including submarines, in the region. "We have common interests in this area. We have decided to strengthen military cooperation to train our navies," she said.

    The Defence Ministry added, "Recognising the growing significance of maritime security in the Indo-Pacific and the need for greater maritime domain awarenes, India and France will further expand information sharing arrangements building upon the Technical Arrangement on Exchange of White Shipping information signed earlier this year."

    Parly also said India and France share the same threat of terrorism. "India is affected by terrorism as is France and Europe," she said. In relation, there will be expansion of bilateral cooperation in counter-terrorism between the two sides.

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    DCNS Evolved Aircraft Carrier (DEAC)

    The permanence of availability that had characterized the French naval fleet is no longer possible with a single carrier. To re-establish this permanence of availability, a second aircraft carrier would have to be available. It was one of the discreet stars of the Euronaval fair on 30 October 2010. The new "PA2" was unveiled at the DCNS booth, the result of work by DCNS and STX France since the abandonment of the Franco-Britishaircraft carrier project in June 2008. The general design of the vessel was reminiscent of the "Juliette" project, initiated by DCNS before a cooperation agreement was signed by London and Paris in March 2006.

    Displayed in February 2014, the DCNS Evolved Aircraft Carrier (DEAC) was compatible with all CTOL aircraft (including Airborne Early Warning aircraft) and features the latest technologies including cutting-edge Combat System (SETIS®), UAV integration, advanced conventional propulsion and state-of-the-art platform stabilisation system (SATRAP/COGITE). It would provided power projection, sea control and air defence and based onFrench Navy CVN Charles de Gaulle's combat proven design and aviation system, In addition to the design, DCNS offered customised transfer of technology, material packages, dedicated infrastructures development (i.e. naval base and construction/maintenance shipyard) as well as life support solutions.

    The question of choosing the propulsion for the second aircraft carrier (PA 2) is anything but settled. Proponents of classic and nuclear propulsion launch and revive studies. Professor Coutau-Bégarie emphasizes an affec for the very powerful atom (Hervé Coutau-Bégarie, "The problem of the second aircraft carrier", Revue de Défense nationale, July 2003, pp. 135-144). The choice of such a propulsion, in addition to submarines (SNA and SNLE), for surface vessels goes back to the PA58, the draft of an atomic-powered cruiser and the two PH75.

    The displacement of the PA2 is 59,000 tons at full load. This building is therefore less heavy than the French version of the CVF previously studied (65,000 tons). However, the capacities in the carriage of aircraft are identical, with infrastructures sized for 32 Rafale, 3 Hawkeye and 5 helicopters. This design benefits from the previous one of an improved form of hull. In general, the boat has been optimized to meet the needs of theFrench Navy, but also with a very strong cost reduction perspective.

    Officially, no figure is given but, a reduced cost of approximately 20% was expected. Efforts were focused on the budget required for the implementation phase, But also on operation, with reduced maintenance and a restricted crew thanks to automation. Thus, the crew of the PA2 was given as 1690 people, of which only 900 for the driving of the ship. This represented a significant decrease compared to the Charles de Gaulle. Although smaller (261 meters, 42,000 tons) and carrying fewer aircraft, the current French aircraft carrier is armed by just under 2,000 people (including the on-board air group).

    The PA2 had two boilers to power two 90-meter steam catapults. Not yet mature and probably more expensive, the concept of electromagnetic catapults, designed to equip the new American carriers, was not retained. The model presented by DCNS and STX adopted an all-electric propulsion, with three diesel-alternators, a gas turbine and three electric propulsion motors. The whole develops 85MW, of which 64 MW for the only propulsion, which must allow the carrier to spin at 26 knots. In the event of damage to one of these shafts, the concept of three lines allows a speed of 20 knots to be maintained, which is sufficient to accommodate a large Hawkeye-type aircraft despite strong constraints (wind and with the device inoperative).

    For French manufacturers, the new PA2 design is the best compromise between the French industrial capabilities, the cost constraints of the Ministry of Defense and the operational requirements of the navy. Simple and robust, using as much as possible civil technologies ("COTS" equipment on shelves), this PA2 revisited uses maximum reliability materials. This is particularly the case for radars, with the use of Herakles, already chosen for the 11 future multi-mission frigates (FREMM) of the French Navy. There is also above the bridge a SMART-S type surveillance radar, sold by Thales to many navies. The self-defense system is also limited to two quadruple launchers for Aster 15 missiles and small-caliber tele-operated artillery. The cost constraints of the Department of Defense and the operational requirements of the Navy.

    The draft budget for 2012 envisaged the preparation of the next major stop of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. The second major technical stop the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, in 2016-2017, requires provision already long-term supply, hence the mention in the draft budget law for 2012, and which is found in the following years.

    If the decision was taken in 2012 and new studies are launched, it is hard to imagine that the construction plans will be ready by 2015 at best. It will then be necessary to count a minimum of 7 and a half years, the incompressible duration currently estimated for the construction, until the ship is operational. This would bring about the commissioning of the PA2 around 2023, about 25 years after the first outing to the sea of Charles de Gaulle.

    https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/dpa-deac.htm
     
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    This is one domain where I would suggest you to stall the negotiations in stereotypical Indian fashion, until EDF finally proves that the EPR is a valid design and that they actually know how to build them.

    Because whether it's the Finnish one at Olkiluoto, the French one at Flamanville, or the Chinese ones at Taishan, they've all run into shameful delays. Olkiluoto was originally supposed to enter service in 2009, now they hope it'll be finished in 2019 (ten years). Flamanville was to enter service in 2012, now they hope it'll make it in 2018 (6 years). Taishan was scheduled for 2013, the word is that it's supposed to enter service this year but I haven't heard it actually had (four years late and counting).
     
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    If we look at the history the french have been one of our keys strategic allies, so with time our partnership with them is bound to increase
     
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    With International Solar Alliance, India seeks its place under the sun
    By launching International Solar Alliance, India signalled it would use it as a foreign policy tool to cement leadership among developing countries
    Elizabeth Roche
    New Delhi: In November 2015, India launched the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) along with France.

    It was a move that signalled Asia’s third- largest economy and one of the world’s fastest-growing emerging economies was ready to drop its defensive position on climate change and embrace renewable energy—solar power—in a big way. It also signalled that New Delhi, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would employ it as a foreign policy tool to cement its leadership among developing countries—vastly eroded by countries like China in the past decades.

    “It (India launching ISA) was a departure from India’s past position taken at previous conferences on climate change that industrialised countries must pay for the pollution caused in the past and leave developing countries like India out of this because of their development needs and constraints,” said former foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh.

    He was referring to India’s stance at previous UNFCCC conferences like those at the Hague in the Netherlands in 2000 and Germany and Morocco in 2001, where India had based its argument on the fact that its emission levels—despite being a large developing country—were still lower than those of industrialized countries like the US. India had also stressed on the fact that industrialized economies like the US should cut their emissions more drastically than developing countries like India which had a long way to go before catching up with industrialized economies.

    “The Modi government realized that green energy is beneficial for us for our own sake. And given that India’s efforts at harnessing nuclear power are slower than we had thought after the India-US nuclear deal (clinched in 2008), solar energy is a good option,” said Mansingh. “Instead of regarding it as an expensive experiment, the Modi government is looking at developing solar energy as a major source of clean energy for India that can meet our huge requirements for energy.”

    ISA is an alliance of 121 countries situated between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn that enjoy 300 days of sunshine.

    In January last year, Prime Minister Modi and French President Francois Hollande laid the foundation stone of ISA at Gurugram near New Delhi. Besides, the World Bank last year signed an agreement with ISA to mobilize $1 trillion in investments by 2030.

    ISA is part of India’s National Democratic Alliance government’s plans to generate energy through renewables. The target for solar power generation has been increased to 100 gigawatts by 2022 from 20,000 megawatts earlier. Besides embracing a climate change-friendly fuel, there are other benefits too for India adopting solar energy and launching ISA, said a government official who did not want to be named.

    “India can develop technologies and equipment for its domestic market as well as sell to countries with similar needs,” said the official.

    “This also makes India a leader among developing countries in terms of presenting the novel idea of harnessing the power of the sun and showing that developing countries can give constructive and feasible ideas for global problems like climate change,” said the official.

    Mansingh agreed that ISA had helped India burnish its credentials among its peers in the developing world, given that India’s strategic rival China had taken on the mantle of leader and representative of developing countries in a number of areas and a number of international fora. “The ISA launch does establish India as a voice of authority in the developing world on clean energy,” he said.

    The ISA framework agreement was opened for signing up at the Conference of the Parties at Marrakesh in November last year and 25 countries including France, Bangladesh, Brazil and Tanzania have joined it. The assembly will meet after 15 of these signatories ratify ISA. The alliance will have an assembly, a council and a secretariat. The Indian government will support the secretariat for five years, after which it would have to generate its own resources. The secretariat has been set up at the National Institute of Solar Energy in Gurugram.

    ISA will also collaborate with other multilateral bodies such as the International Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency and the United Nations. “The PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) is taking a keen interest in the ISA, the first such treaty-based international government organization headquartered in India.” said a person aware of the development requesting anonymity.

    http://www.livemint.com/Industry/UV...Solar-Alliance-India-seeks-its-place-und.html
     
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    India to get expertise on smart cities from France
    By Kumar Vikram | Express News Service | Published: 09th October 2017 09:36 PM |

    Last Updated: 09th October 2017 09:36 PM | A+A A- |

    NEW DELHI: In a bid to bring the delayed Smart City projects on fast track, India will get expertise and know-how in planning and development of Smart cities from France. French President is scheduled to visit in December this year. Officials said that France will help in sectors ranging from multi-modal transport and logistics to infrastructure development and urban planning and design.

    Sources with the ministry of Urban affairs and housing said that the issue of development of Smart Cities was deliberated upon in a recent meeting with the Indo-French working group on sustainable development. A workshop will be organized in the coming month in which experts and urban planners from France will also participate sharing their expertise. Urban sectors ranging from multi-modal transport and logistics to infrastructure development and urban planning, clean water and waste management will be discussed in detail in the workshop.

    An official said that French President will visit India in the month of December this year and agreement on many projects including Smart City development will be chalked out. French participation in Smart City projects of India might be announced in December this year.

    A senior official of the ministry of urban affairs said that the ministry is committed to timely implementation of urban mission projects and the new minister is leaving no stone unturned to bring the projects on fast track. Concerned over the delay in the execution of flagship Urban missions including the ‘Smart City’, Government has asked the officers to pull up their socks. Now, the urban development ministry will held daylong meeting to review the progress in these projects twice a month. A report will be prepared to highlight the efforts made to speed up execution and implementation hurdles resolved during the last fifteen days and reasons for delay.

    In a recent meeting with senior officials, Housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri has clearly said that the outcomes to be monitored under each mission like the projects completed in each of the first batch of 20 smart cities and other urban projects.

    Flagship urban missions of the Modi government including the ‘Smart City’ which were launched with much fanfare have got delayed. Ninety cities have been selected for Smart cities development plan, but, works have started at only first batch of 20 cities.

    http://www.newindianexpress.com/nat...tise-on-smart-cities-from-france-1669202.html
     
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    France to give €2 billion for smart cities

    http://www.business-standard.com/ar...-billion-for-smart-cities-115110401698_1.html
     

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