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French President seeks more trade on India trip

Published on Feb 15, 2013 7:37 PM
 
France's President Francois Hollande speaks at a ceremony at the Nehru Institute in New Delhi on Friday, Feb 15, 2013. Mr Hollande wrapped up his two-day trip to India on Friday with a call for more investment and trade between the countries as he met with business leaders. -- PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande wrapped up his two-day trip to India on Friday with a call for more investment and trade between the countries as he met with business leaders.

Mr Hollande, making his first trip to Asia since taking office last year, said that trade between India and France was barely 8 billion euros ($13 billion) annually - far from an objective of 12 billion euros set in 2008.

The French leader has sought to sell France for its infrastructure and highly educated labour force in a trip that has focused on business, particularly on the sale to New Delhi of French fighter jets and nuclear technology.

"The idea of my visit, beyond friendship and our historical links and our common positions about the future of the world, is also to intensify economic and trade links," he said in New Delhi.

 
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