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Bonjour Paris! Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets French President Emmanuel Macron 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with French President Emmanuel Macron. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Oct 08, 2019, 02.26 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, France on Tuesday. According to reports, the meeting went on for over 30 minutes.

Rajnath Singh arrived in France to receive the first Rafale jet on behalf of the Indian Air Force. 

The defence minister is expected to perform 'Shastra Puja' on the occasion of Dussehra and undertake a sortie in the aircraft.

Singh is currently on a three-day visit to France. On his arrival in Paris, Singh tweeted out saying he is delighted to be in France and called the European country India's "important strategic partner". 

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"Bonjour Paris! Delighted to be in France. This great nation is India's important strategic partner and our special relationship goes far beyond the realm of formal ties. My visit to France is aimed at expanding the existing strategic partnership between both countries," his tweet read. 

Singh will receive the first Rafale combat aircraft manufactured for India at Mérignac, a suburb of the south-western French town of Bordeaux.

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The aircraft bears tail number 'RB-01' after the initial of the newly appointed Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.

Bhaduria played a crucial role in the signing of the biggest ever defence deal of India worth above Rs 60,000 crore. 

The Rafale jet handover ceremony, which will take place later on Tuesday, coincides with the foundation day of the Indian Air Force and the festival of Dussehra.

(With inputs from ANI)