Paris(web team): On the 100th anniversary of World War 1 on Saturday, PM Modi visited the WWI Memorial at Neuve Chapelle. Later in the day, he addressed Indian diaspora at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.Indians did not fight in World War I because they wanted to expand their territorial boundaries, PM Modi said at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the Airbus A 380 assembly line facility soon after arriving in Toulouse. Toulouse is the home as well for the Airbus’ A380 final assembly line – a massive facility that provides a space of 150,000 square metres for the flagship double-deck jetliner. Expressing support to 'Make in India' initiative, aircraft manufacturer Airbus said it is ready to manufacture in India, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited its facility.
23:02 IST Saturday, 11 April 2015
Prime Minister speaks at community reception in Paris.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at the community reception at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. He said, "Earlier I wanted to visit France out of curiosity,to see how it is,Today I've come with a dream to take my nation ahead."
He said further that Indians are ready to sacrifice their lives not only for their own country, but for the betterment of other countries in the world too. That is proven by World War I. "Indians did not fight because they wanted to expand their territorial boundaries," he added.
Talking about France-India relations, PM Modi says, "France is the first one to raise its voice if injustice is done to India, such is our relationship."
He further tells how far India has developed in the last few years:
20:28 IST Saturday, 11 April 2015
"Hat ova trapasya swargam jitva wa boshaktya mahim", writes PM Modi message in the visitors' book at Neuve Chappelle Memorial.
19:05 IST Saturday, 11 April 2015
After paying homage to Indian Soldiers at World War I memorial, PM Modi met the Indian comunity at Neuve Chapelle
18:44 IST Saturday, 11 April 2015
Prime Minister Modi arrives at World War I memorial in Germany to pay homage to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the war.
14:47 IST Saturday, 11 April 2015
PM Modi visits French space centre CNES or the National Centre for Space Studies.
14:27 IST Saturday, 11 April 2015
PM Modi in Toulouse to see the Airbus facility and discuss ways of further cooperation, including in transfer of technology and investments.
The A380 assembly process takes place on a single combined station (a section of the assembly line dedicated to performing a specific task) where all operations except for engine installation are carried out. Representing over one third of an aircraft’s value, engines are among the last components to be fitted to the A380 in order to reduce inventory cost.
Modi took the tour of the facility where planes are manufactured. He was given a briefing by officials on the functioning.
Amazing visit to Airbus Facility. They are very enthusiastic about makeinindia initiative, tweets Modi.
PM Modi welcomed at the Airbus facility.
13:50 IST Saturday, 11 April 2015
PM Narendra Modi arrives in Toulouse (France) with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
12:00 IST Saturday, 11 April 2015
PM Modi leaves for Toulouse, where he will visit the Airbus Facility.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande enjoyed a joint boat cruise on La Seine river here which was described as "Naav Pe Charcha" (chat on the boat).
Hollande was seen giving details to Modi about various areas as the boat cruised through the river. Many people enjoying a boat ride in the river at that time were seen waving at the dignitaries, including French ministers.
The two leaders had the boat ride after their detailed discussions, focusing on cooperation in the areas of civil nuclear energy, defence, space and trade.
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(With agency inputs)