In order to strengthen strategic connections between the European Union and India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go to France for a state visit from July 14 to July 16. Following his first state visit to the US, where he was honoured with a White House state dinner in Washington, Modi now travels to France. During Prime Minister Modi's visit, important topics were arms deals, semiconductor investment, and advancing space cooperation.

The deals worth over Rs 90,000 crore to purchase 26 Rafale M aircraft and three more Scorpene submarines are one of the major attractions of this visit. 

The agreements cover 26 Rafale M aircraft, including training versions with 22 single sweaters and 4 double sweaters.  According to India Today, which cited authoritative government sources, the three more submarines would be a part of the Scorpene agreement under Ministry of Defence's Project 75, which is intended to plan the acquisition of diesel-electric submarines for the Indian Navy.

  Before being disclosed in France, the transactions will soon be brought before the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC).  The Prime Minister's impending visit will see the announcement and signing of many multi-million dollar defence deals.  As the Guest of Honour at the Bastille Day celebrations in France, Prime Minister Modi will be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France. Also participating in the yearly Bastille Day military parade will be Indian troops. 

After Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2009, PM Modi will become the second Indian PM to get a red-carpet greeting at the Bastille Day parade with this.  This tour will also include strategic alliances to deepen relations with Asia and other Western countries in an effort to restrain China's rising assertiveness in the Pacific.  With a combined turnover of more than $20 billion, more than 1,000 French businesses do bilateral commerce with India worth EUR 10.7 billion. 210 Indian businesses with a EUR 1 billion investment stock are active in France.  With a cumulative FDI investment of $10,389 million from April 2000 to September 2022, France ranks as the 11th largest foreign investor in India.

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