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December 2020

Moving forward the France-India partnership

Institut Montaigne and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) are bringing together a restricted group of high level Indian and French business leaders, government officials and foreign policy experts for a two-day online dialogue: "Moving forward the France-India partnership".

The event is introduced by H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, and closed by H.E. Mr. Jawed Ashraf, Ambassador of India to the Republic of France. The discussions cover four main areas from the angle of France-India bilateral relations:

  • Global order and multilateralism;
  • How to have an impact in the Indo-Pacific space;
  • To what extent the geopolitical environment affect trends in technology policies and create issues of national resilience;
  • The implementation of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

This event is part of a series of events and publications by Institut Montaigne’s Asia Program regarding France’s and Europe’s relations with India. The international context, marked by the COVID-19 crisis, US-China tensions, the digital transformation and its impacts on industries and governance, the greening of economies and the difficulties of multilateral diplomacy, is very favorable to enhance the Franco-Indian partnership.

This France-India Dialogue follows Institut Montaigne’s Europe-India Strategy Group held last November, which was introduced by a joint statement by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and his Portuguese counterpart, the publication of a series of articles under the supervision of Christophe Jaffrelot, Research Director, CERI (Centre de Recherches Internationales), Sciences Po/CNRS (Paris), on India’s healthcare system and the publication of Digital Privacy: How Can We Win the Battle? (November 2019), a study by François Godement, our Senior Advisor for Asia.


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