Ambassador Lenain undertakes maiden visit to Chennai and Pondicherry [fr]
The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, visited Chennai and Pondicherry from 11th to 14th December, 2019.
Chennai and Pondicherry, 11 - 14 December 2019
Upon his arrival in Chennai on 11th December, H. E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, was introduced to the main actors of the consular district. During the two days in Chennai, he participated in the launch of the IFCCI Mobility Committee, and met the director, Mr Bruno Plasse, the president, Mr P. Kannanur, and other members of the Alliance Française de Madras committee. He also attended a reception with personalities from the cultural, economic, and academic worlds, as well as members of the French community.
Thereafter, Ambassador Lenain met the staff of the French Office in Chennai and visited the EFIS school (Sishya Franco-Indian School). Following that, he went to IIT Madras where he explored the incubator for young companies and Saint- Gobain’s research centre as well as attended a presentation on new banking techniques delivered by Société Générale.
On Friday 13th, Ambassador Lenain’s day in Pondicherry began with a visit to the Lycée français international, followed by a visit to the headquarters of the Pondicherry government where he met the Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry, Shri V. Narayanasamy, and Chief Secretary of the Government of Puducherry, Shri Ashwani Kumar, I.A.S. After a brief interaction with the local press, he was received by Lt Governor Dr Kiran Bedi at the Raj Nivas.
In the afternoon, Ambassador Lenain met the members of French Institute of Pondicherry, and attended a conference on blue economy. Following this, he went to Alliance française de Pondicherry to meet the president and the committee.
The day ended at the Consulate with an informal meeting with elected officials and members of the French community.
On Saturday, he visited Auroville, and met French nationals who are long-term residents as well as about fifteen international volunteers.