NEW DELHI (AP) — The French president arrived Thursday in India where he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was set to be the chief guest at the country’s national day celebrations.
Emmanuel Macron began his visit with some sightseeing in the western city of Jaipur, a popular tourist destination, where he visited a 17th-century fort and an 18th-century observatory.
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Modi greeted him at the observatory and the two stood in an open jeep as they were driven for about 1.5 kilometers (one mile). Large crowds lining the streets welcomed them with a showering of rose and marigold petals.
Large cutouts of their images with the inscription “India-France Friendship” dotted the route. Macron waved at the crowd.
“His presence not only strengthens the ties between our nations but also adds a significant chapter to our shared history of friendship and collaboration,” Modi said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Macron and Modi later held a meeting at a hotel in Jaipur before flying to New Delhi. There was no immediate…