Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in France as a part of his three-nation tour and like any other tourist, he too did touristy things – ride along the river Seine, take selfies, visit the UNESCO headquarters. But, it hasn’t been all play, as Modi also struck the crucial Rafale deal with French President Francois Hollande.
Here are some of the top moments from his visit.
PM Modi on Saturday takes a selfie with Indian students who gathered around him during his visit to the French National Centre for Space Studies. Photograph: MEAIndia/Facebook
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to 10,000 Indians soldiers who were killed while fighting along side France during World War I, at the memorial in Neuve Chapelle. “Either being slain you will attain the heavenly world. Or by gaining victory you will enjoy the earth. I am honoured to pay homage to the Indian soldiers here at the Indian memorial at Neuve-Chapelle,” he wrote in the visitors’ book. “Our soldiers who fought in foreign lands in the great war, have won the admiration of the world for dedication, loyalty, courage and sacrifice. I salute them.” Photograph: MEAIndia/Facebook
During his state banquet at Elysee Palace with French President Francois Hollande, the two state leaders were gifted with cricket jerseys. May be T20 in Paris next? Photograph: MEAIndia/Facebook
What trip to Paris can be complete without a photograph of the EiffleTower? PM Modi enjoys the sights and scenes in Paris as he enjoys a boat ride down the river Seine. Photograph: MEAIndia/Facebook
French President and PM Modi enjoy their ‘Naav pe charcha’ as they enjoy a boat ride. The two enjoyed each other’s company and also garnered quite a few eyeballs. Photograph: MEAIndia/Facebook
Prime Minister visits the Airbus A380 Assembly Line Facility in Toulouse during his visit to France. Photograph: MEAIndia/Flickr
Here’s a toast to our relationship! PM Modi and Hollande toast at the state banquet in the ElyseePalace after the two signed the Rafale deal. Photograph: Reuters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to the statue of Sri Aurobindo at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Photograph: MEAIndia/Flickr
Prime Minister Narendra Modi does a Namaste as he stands alongside UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova after he addressed diplomats at the UNESCO headquarters. Photograph: MEAIndia/Flickr
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande releases stamps to mark 50 years of Indo-French cooperation at the Elysee palace in Paris. Photograph: MEAIndia/Flickr
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifts replica of Garhwal WWI Memorial during his visit to Neuve Chapelle Memorial in France. Photograph: MEAIndia/Flickr