India and France have helped each other in fighting Covid-19, and commitments such as the on-time delivery of Rafale jets were kept despite the pandemic, says France’s Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain. In an exclusive interview to The Tribune, the Ambassador answers questions related to Indo-French ties, why India deserves a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, and more. Excerpts:
This is your first official trip outside of Delhi since the outbreak of the pandemic. What brings you to Chandigarh?
France and the City Beautiful share many connections, from Le Corbusier’s work to our ongoing Smart Cities cooperation and the technical assistance from the French Development Agency since 2016. French companies are world leaders in the sustainable cities sector and are keen to provide their expertise. This is one of the main goals of my visit: expand this cooperation even further to develop a model of sustainable urban living – which is even more crucial after the pandemic.Read more…