India and France share historic ties and the friendship between the two countries are built on a solid ideal, Modi said.
''I was told that Ganesh Mahotsav has become an important part of Paris's cultural calendar. On this day Paris looks like a mini India, which means in some days we will hear 'Ganpati Bappa Morya' chants here as well,'' the prime minister said.
Modi also paid rich tribute to those killed including great Indian nuclear physicist Homi J Bhaba in two Air India plane crashes in 1950 and 1966 in France's Saint Gervais.
''I salute all those including the great Indian nuclear physicist Homi Bhaba, who lost their lives in the two crashes,'' the Indian prime minister said.
Modi said that India was surging ahead and the mandate that his party got was not merely for ''running'' a government but for ''building'' a new India, Modi said.
''I have come to a nation of football lovers and you very well know the importance of a goal, that is the ultimate achievement. In the last five years, we set goals which were earlier considered impossible to fulfil,'' he said.
On day two of his French visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an animated Indian diaspora audience at UNESCO headquarters in Paris said India was on the path to progress.