French President Emmanuel Macron writes to PM Modi, offers all support on Cyclone Amphan aftermath

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
NEW DELHI Published: Jun 04, 2020, 03:06 PM(IST)

French President Emmanuel Macron with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo) Photograph:( Twitter )

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According to French diplomatic sources, Macron "offered to extend any support that India might consider necessary to come to the aid of those directly affected."

French President Emmanuel Macron has written to PM Modi on the devastating cyclone Amphan that hit eastern India last month.

In the letter, the French President conveyed his condolence and solidarity in the aftermath of the cyclone, the first super cyclone in the Bay of Bengal since 1999 Odisha Cyclone.

According to French diplomatic sources, Macron "offered to extend any support that India might consider necessary to come to the aid of those directly affected."

On March 31, both leaders had spoken to each other on the ongoing COVID crisis. French Development Agency will be giving a concessional loan of 200 million euros to India deal with the crisis.

 "I am very proud to announce the French development agency, AFD is going to provide a special loan of 200 million euro to finance and support some health programmes for the most vulnerable population in India", French envoy Emmanuel Lenain had told WION in an interview last month.

Meanwhile, France continues to top foreign investment inflows in Europe according to Business France’s 2019 Annual Report on Foreign Investment in France.

The report was discussed in a video conference by French PM Edouard Philippe, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. In attendance were a select group of CEOs including Chairman of Mahindra Group--Anand Mahindra from India. 

In 2019 18 Indian companies to invested or re-invest in France, creating or maintaining two times more jobs than in 2018, bringing the total number of Indian companies in France to more than 120.

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