India, France set to expand space partnership

  1. At least three of the 14 agreements signed by India and France were on expanding space collaboration.
  2. The ISRO and its French counterpart CNES (National Centre for Space Studies) agreed to work together in the next Mars mission, as well as a satellite launch and a thermal infrared observation mission.
  3. Both sides also signed an agreement on upgrading the Delhi-Chandigarh line to 200 kmph.
  4. The other agreements on nuclear issue, counterterror, defence show a positive continuum of the past work.
  5. France also committed itself to supporting India’s bid for a permanent seat on the UNSC and accession to the multilateral (nuclear) export control regimes.
Foreign Policy Watch: India-France