Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honored as the guest of honor at the Bastille Day military parade in France, showcasing the strong defense ties between the two countries.
Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron witnessed the parade on the Champs-Elysees, with Indian and French soldiers marching and Rafale fighter jets, purchased by India, participating in a fly-past.
The visit solidified defense deals between India and France, with India approving the purchase of 26 additional Rafale jets and three Scorpene class submarines, highlighting the deepening strategic partnership between the two nations.
The total value of the defense purchases is estimated to be around $9.75 billion, further strengthening the defense cooperation between India and France.
Macron's decision to raise the retirement age in France faced public backlash, resulting in protests and a decline in his popularity ratings.
Modi was granted France's highest award, the Legion of Honour, during his visit to Paris, emphasizing the importance of India as a strategic partner and friend.
The visit was not without controversy, as human rights organizations criticized Modi's visit due to concerns over his party's alleged discrimination against minorities and the perceived authoritarian nature of his government.