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Strategic partnership - France in India

Discussion in 'International Relations' started by PARIKRAMA, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Golden_Rule

    Golden_Rule Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    What news about 500 MW PFBR?
  2. Gessler

    Gessler Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    Thanks to @Abingdonboy for the link!

    France keen to work closely with India in Indo-Pacific region


    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

    Smita Sharma
    Tribune News Service

    New Delhi, November 15

    Ahead of the visit of French foreign minister to Delhi this week to lay the ground for President Emmanuel Macron’s first India visit early next year , France has expressed keenness to work more closely in the Indo-Pacific region. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold formal talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and meet other ministers, including Arun Jaitley and Prakash Javdekar, this Friday. A top French diplomat today said quadrilateral security dialogue as an alternate to China’s Belt and Road Initiative will be part of formal talks.

    We will discuss all issues, including Chinese initiative on which we have a clear stance. We support all connectivity initiatives as long as they respect international norms and sovereignty of countries. India and China know it very well,” said the diplomat.


    But the diplomat clarified that while looking at more areas of multilateral cooperation, France is more keen on bilateral cooperation with India in the Indo-Pacific and IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association). Delhi and Paris hold a yearly maritime security dialogue in the Indian Ocean.

    India’s oldest military exercise with a foreign nation happens to be the naval exercise ‘Vahuna’ with France that began in 1983. While the exercise is not comparable to the India-US-Japan joint Malabar exercise in size, another French official added that there is no use in ‘broadening for the sake of broadening.’ France is stressing upon two specifics — geography and the strategic partnership, the oldest one that India forged with a country in 1998. It was the first strategic partnership for France in South Asia.

    France happens to be the only western country with an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and territory in the Indian Ocean. ( what about UK's Diego Garcia?) Of France’s global EEZ of 11 million square km, more than 9 million square km is in the Indo-Pacific and several islands in the Indian Ocean.

    Stressing that India and France have close links and shared interests in the region, especially around Madagascar Islands, and Seychelles, the French official reminded that Reunion Island has one million French citizens of which more than 30 per cent are of Indian origin. France has its third largest naval base in Reunion Island and permanent naval bases in UAE and Djibouti too where the Chinese have recently developed a foothold.

    INS Trikand, a Talwar-class guided missile frigate of the Indian Navy on EEZ Patrol off Port of Victoria, Seychelles

    “The idea will not be for France to join something else but for others to join what France is doing,” responded the senior official in response to a query if France has been asked to come into the room for the quadrilateral dialogue.


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  3. sameer chaudhary

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    French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian INTERVIEW with Suhasini Haidar


    France has major interests linked to Indian Ocean territories: Le Drian

    French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will pay a two-day visit during 17-18 November. The visit comes ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India to attend the International Solar Alliance conference. Excerpts from the interview:

    Your visit comes ahead of a visit by President Emmanuel Macron to India when he will attend the International Solar Alliance conference. What areas of bilateral cooperation will be the focus for your visit?

    I am delighted to be in India and lay the groundwork for the upcoming visit of President Emmanuel Macron. The relationship between India and France is especially strong. It dates long back to History. Since Independence, our friendship has grown ceaselessly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to our partnership as an “all-weather partnership”. It could not be better expressed. India is our foremost strategic partner in Asia and our only strategic partner in South Asia. We have key cooperation in very sensitive areas, such as counter-terrorism, defence, civil nuclear energy, space. In the Indian Ocean, where India occupies a central position and France has major interests linked to its overseas territories, we are in the process of forging a real defence and security partnership. Our economic relations are developing, with an increasing number of French companies investing massively in India, particularly in the promising sector of sustainable urban development and renewable energy. One of the aims of my visit is also to strengthen people-to-people ties between our two countries, and it is with great pleasure that I will inaugurate Bonjour India, which through more than 300 events spread across India, from November 2017 to February 2018, will help highlight an innovative and creative France, as well as the vitality of the Indo-French partnership.

    Recently, a bid by US, Britain and France to designate Pakistani terrorist Masood Azhar at the UN Security Council was blocked by China, a move India has pursued as well. How do you respond to this and will France try again for the designation?

    Along with the US and the UK, France had presented a resolution to list Masood Azhar as a terrorist under the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council, which rules on sanctions against terrorists. We had done so because it is clear to us that the head of a terrorist organization should be listed just as the organization itself is. It is deeply regrettable that we could not reach a consensus on such an obvious request for designation. In combating the terrorist threat, regardless of place, there should not be any split in the international community. As for India and France, they are in full solidarity in the face of terrorism and know that they can count on each other.

    On Climate Change, given US decision to pull out of the Paris deal, how do India and France propose to cooperate on fighting global warming? Also, is there any attempt to hold the US to account for its decision, penalize the US, etc.?

    The Paris Agreement remains the pillar for combatting climate change. It is irreversible and non-renegotiable. After America announced its decision, President Macron, Prime Minister Modi and the entire international community reaffirmed the relevance of the commitments made in Paris and their resolve to fulfil them. We closely cooperate with India on climate change issues. India has been a key partner for COP21: I would like to recall that it particularly helped enshrine important concepts, such as “climate justice”, in the Paris Agreement. Today we share the same priorities: consolidating the Paris Agreement, and making progress in defining the modalities of its implementation, which is the aim of COP23. We are rallying partners for building the International Solar Alliance, which now has 44 countries under its umbrella and will enable them to gain facilitated access to solar energy. We wish to continue forging ahead. It’s a more constructive approach than trying to penalise the United States.

    Despite an MoU being signed in 2009, the Jaitapur nuclear power project negotiated between Indian and French official has made little progress. Power pricing, sourcing of parts, terms of the contract, legal issues remain some of the worries, even as EDF has taken over the Areva contract. Will the next step in this deal, the general framework agreement be signed during President Macron’s visit?

    I don’t agree with that. Negotiations have, in fact, advanced well in keeping with the jointly drawn road map.

    This project is extremely important for India’s economic development and its fight against climate change. Six EPRs will generate a total capacity of almost 10 GW, thus contributing significantly to India’s goal to produce 40% of its electricity from non-fossil fuels by 2030 – in keeping with its commitments announced ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Jaitapur project will also contribute to Make in India because it involves transfers of production, technology, joint research, training.

    As far as the price is concerned, the Indian government took a major decision in early 2015 by reorienting the project to six EPR-type reactors at the same site (instead of 2 + an option for 4 more). This decision will lead to achieving significant economies of scale and help distribute the development costs over six reactors straightaway, which themselves are high-power reactors. This basis ensures the project’s economic viability. It is based on this hypothesis that the discussions between EDF and NPCIL are advancing – and advancing satisfactorily.

    One of the issues that have come up in bilateral meetings, including during the visit of Defence Minister Ms. Parly, is a possible second order for Rafale fighters (which of course was originally negotiated at the bilateral level by you). How confident are you that India will agree to this order, especially given France is increasingly in competition with the US?

    Our defence cooperation is longstanding – it’s one of the pillars of our strategic relation. And as I just said, it is based on solid friendship and trust in the face of all adversity. With the Rafale agreement, France and India paved the way for industrial and technological cooperation for the coming fifty years. We would be very happy to support India if it wished to complete its acquisitions, keeping in mind its legitimate desire to possess its own autonomous defence industry. As for competition, the Rafale is a very high-performance and competitive jet, which is a formidable defence apparatus for India that possesses all the assets needed to convince it – as it has already demonstrated the very first time.

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  4. Butter Chicken

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    French weapons supplier to Rafale, Scorpene(MBDA) under scanner for Rs 21 crore donation to NGO

    NEW DELHI: A series of donations worth Rs 21 crore by a French arms company — the key weapons provider to Scorpene submarine and Rafale jets — to an Indian NGO have come under the scanner after income-tax raids on a New Delhi-based consultant in June.

    The donations, earmarked for mobile medical units in Punjab and Rajasthan, were apparently made under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme of MBDA, the French arms manufacturer. Senior officials involved with investigations told ET that the matter has been referred to intelligence agencies for further probe.
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  5. somedude

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    There doesn't seem to have been anything bad or illegal here. A company made a donation to an NGO that is authorized to receive foreign donation, all forms were filled, the expense audited, and the relevant authorities informed.
  6. W@rwolf

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    At the Centre Val de Loire region’s Aeronautical Forum, Rafale International gave a presentation to the SMEs in the region on its approach to setting up an industrial aeronautical sector in India.

    Saint Cloud, 27 November 2017 – Friday 24 November, Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales, which together make up Rafale International, were invited by the Centre Val de Loire Regional Council and AEROCENTRE to the aeronautical forum being held in Tours, to present its creation of an industrial aeronautical sector in India, as part of the “Make in India” offsets program for the Rafale India contract.

    To an audience of more than fifty French SMEs attending this Business to Business event, the Rafale International partners presented their contribution to the Make in India policy as part of the Rafale Offset program and presented the potential opportunities for French SMEs to also invest and set up production activities in India.

    By reinforcing Franco-Indian cooperation regarding SMEs in the Defense aeronautical sector and by encouraging and supporting French SMEs coming to India as part of the offsets program for the Rafale Contract signed in September 2016, this initiative will help set up an industrial ecosystem that will be of benefit to both French and Indian partners under Prime Minister Modi’s “Make in India” initiative…

    The contacts made and the discussions held during this event defined a roadmap for the French SMEs, to help them join the Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales global supply chain, thus opening the door to them for new international market opportunities.

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  7. Picdelamirand-oil

    Picdelamirand-oil Lt. Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Would we be on the eve - or two days before - of two new export contracts for the Rafale? If Dassault Aviation has not communicated anything on the subject, it is the strategic and industrial rapprochement of two of its most loyal customers (India and the United Arab Emirates) that could be the most immediate consequence.

    The visit to India of Crown Prince Abu Sheikh Mohamed al-Nayan, the guest of honor of the "Republic Day" on January 26, concluded with the signing of a strategic partnership, the strengthening of the intelligence agreement already initiated, as well as the signing of twelve other MoUs in the cyber, oil, marine, construction, R & D, but especially defense.

    Since his visit to the UAE in 2015, Narendra Modi seeks to bring the two BITDs closer to common programs. While the Indian government has proposed its BrahMos missile and several naval platforms to Abu Dhabi, it has already secured the maintenance contract for the Pantsir ground-to-air system.

    But especially Indian Foreign Minister Amar Sinha said at his press conference last Tuesday that the Rafale would be a perfect example of industrial cooperation with the UAE, seeking to replace their Mirage 2000-9 and remain the only one of the most serious export prospects for the acquisition of sixty Rafale. But they also want to develop their defense industry.

    Dassault's partner for the Rafale in India, the Reliance group, has just signed a MoU for the production and maintenance of "military platforms" with UAE group EDIC, now led by Thales's former CEO, Luc Winemaker, a close friend of Charles Edelstenne.

    If the workshare on the Rafale India is certainly sealed between Dassault-Reliance and HAL, on January 27, the Indian Ministry of Defense has launched an RFI as part of a call for tenders for the acquisition of 57 aircraft fight for its future aircraft carriers. The main candidates would be the US JSF and F-18, the Russian Mig-29 K whose Indian Navy has two squadrons, and the Rafale Marine.

    The American chances are slim, since every time India went to war, Congress immediately declared an embargo on spare parts. As for the Russians, even if they have the advantage of having already trained naval air pilots, the decision of the Indian Navy to opt for CATOBAR all-weather technology (catapulting) for their next aircraft carrier " Vishal "makes the acquisition of Mig-29K impossible in the current state of its development.It remains to be patient.

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