French aviation, defence industries have chosen India: Envoy

Describing itself as a “true partner”, France on Tuesday said its aviation and defence industries have chosen India for investment and strengthening the strategic partnership which has “full political support”.

French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said his country is looking forward to further exchanges with the new government in India to deepen the industrial relations in defence as well as civilian aerospace sectors.

France is India’s oldest strategic partner and a significant one for defence and aerospace equipment, “not just as a supplier but as a true partner”, he said, addressing a seminar of French Aerospace Industries Association “Groupement des industries françaises aeronautiques et spatiales” (GIFAS) and the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) here on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show.

He said the “Make in India” programme has been a reality for the French industry, particularly for defence equipment such as helicopters, missiles, submarines, aircraft engines and others. Read More

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