14 juillet 2021 - French National Day
Message from H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, on the occasion of the Bastille Day, 14th July, 2021.
New Delhi, 14 July 2021
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
This year, we are celebrating the French National Day remotely again, as we cannot gather in person yet.
But if the pandemic sometimes seems to create distance, France and India have actually never been so close.
Indeed, through the difficult times of the past year and months, our friendship has grown even closer and stronger.
Together, France and India have demonstrated outstanding solidarity, resilience and commitment.
First of all, solidarity against the pandemic, for we, too, believe in VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM (the world is one family)
India provided crucial help to France during the first wave, and France stood by India during the second wave by providing exceptional support, including 200 tons of medical oxygen and more than 20 oxygen generator plants.
Solidarity is also how India supported France when we suffered terrorist attacks last fall. I want to thank the Indian government and Indian people again for this.
Together, we have also shown exemplary resilience:
French companies have continued to invest massively in India, in line with Make In India, because they believe in India’s amazing potential. The 30 thousands crore Rupees of new investments in the last year alone show they are here for the long run.
People-to-people ties have also continued to thrive despite the pandemic. Thousands of Indian students are applying to go study in France, and we want to welcome thousands more.
Finally, our two countries have shown commitment. Commitment to our common democratic values, and to our shared interests:
We have taken concrete steps to keep the Indo-Pacific free, open and secure by launching trilateral initiatives with Australia and scaling up our naval cooperation to unprecedented levels.
France has also honoured its commitment to deliver Rafale jets to India on time, despite the serious disruptions of the pandemic. I am very proud of this achievement.
Together, we also defend our vision of a just, rules-based international order by working side by side in the United Nations Security Council.
And we have put our commitment to a greener world into action, by launching the Indo-French Year of the Environment and leading by example through initiatives like the International Solar Alliance.
These principles are at heart of the ties between France and India.
They also embody the spirit of France’s National Day, and India’s Independence Day a month from now.
That is why I believe the Indo-French partnership is our strongest asset to overcome this pandemic, and to ensure that the world we usher in tomorrow is better than the one we left yesterday.