French President Emmanuel Macron will be the guest of honor at India's Republic Day celebrations

India has invited French President Emmanuel Macron to be the chief guest at the country’s national day celebrations next month

Via AP news wire
Friday 22 December 2023 11:59 GMT
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India has invited French President Emmanuel Macron to be the chief guest at the country's national day celebrations next month, in what Macron's office described on Friday as a powerful gesture for the two nations' ties.

The visit for Republic Day on Jan. 26 will be Macron's third to India as president. The event marks the 74th anniversary of the adoption of India's Constitution on Jan. 26, 1950, nearly three years after it won independence from British colonial rule.

India's official guest in January 2023 was Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, for a 90-minute parade that ended with a flyby featuring 75 air force fighters, including French-made Rafale jets, transport planes and helicopters.

Previous French guests for the event have included all of Macron's immediate predecessors as France's president: François Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac.

Macron's office described the invitation as “an extremely strong gesture.” He also visited India in 2018 and again for a Group of 20 summit in September.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was guest of honor this year at France's annual Bastille Day parade in Paris on July 14.

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