Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain presents his credentials.
New Delhi, 3 October 2019
His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, today presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of India, H.E. Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
On this occasion, the French Ambassador underscored the historic ties of friendship and trust between India and France. The two countries are united by a strategic partnership since 1998, which recently expanded to include digital technology and cybersecurity.
Mr Emmanuel Lenain also highlighted France’s determination to deepen the two countries’ strategic cooperation, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.
He further shared France’s desire to forge a partnership for the future with India by supporting the major programmes shaping tomorrow’s India, notably in the areas of sustainable urban development, transport, energy, and new technologies. Combatting climate change, which is a priority for both our countries, should enable us to engage all stakeholders, whether they originate from States or civil society.
Lastly, the Ambassador of France recalled the importance he attaches to the youth of our two countries and the ties between our two peoples. These will be further enhanced through cultural, university and tourist exchanges.
Thereafter, Ambassador Lenain accompanied by his spouse, today paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
Expressing his reflections on the occasion, he wrote in the Visitors’ Book, “On the official beginning of my mission in the Republic of India, I wanted to show respect and seek inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s universal message of peace, tolerance, non-violence, respect and quest for universal harmony.
The values he upheld so highly are more relevant than ever.”