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Sarkozy to visit ISRO in Bengaluru

December 04, 2010 01:35 IST

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will focus on bilateral space cooperation when he visits the Indian Space Research Organisation at Bengaluru on Saturday.

The French President who will arrive with his wife, Carla Bruni by a special aircraft and then head to the Leela Palace hotel on Old Airport Road. He will then address scientists and other dignitaries at ISRO following which he will have a brief interaction with them and then leave Bengaluru at 1400 hrs.

The focus of the talks will revolve around Indo-French space projects which include the Megha Torpiques and SARAL which are being jointly developed by ISRO and the French National Space Agency.

The two above-mentioned sattelites are expected to be launched next year. The MT satellite will study the water cycle in the tropical atmosphere while SARAL is being launched to monitor sea levels.

In addition to this, French minister for research Valerie Pecresse will open the French Consulate at Palace Road in Bengaluru. However the French President will not stay for the inauguration and would be leaving for Agra immediately after the ISRO programme.

Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru