Visit of Mr Edouard Courtial, Minister of State for Overseas French Affairs, 18-19 January 2012
Visit to India of Hon’ble French Minister of State for Overseas French Affairs, Mr Edouard Courtial
18 - 20 January 2012
Mr Édouard Courtial, Minister of State for Overseas French Affairs, is visiting India from 17 to 20 January 2012, where a large French community is settled. More than 9000 persons are registered in India in the register of French nationals established outside France.
Mr Courtial will be in Puducherry on Wednesday, 18 January, where he will call on the families of the victims of cyclone Thane, which wreaked much damage in its wake on 30 December 2011. Mr Courtial will express France’ solidarity with victims of the disaster. He will visit the Consulate General of France and the French Institute of Puducherry (IFP), and meet the French community. He has an appointment with Thiru. A. Rangasamy, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Puducherry, one of the territories of the Indian Union.
On Thursday, 19 January, Mr Courtial will attend a ceremony at the Monument aux Morts, the French war memorial, and meet students as well as their parents, and the teachers of the 950-strong French high school, Lycée français de Pondicherry. He will also meet H.E. Dr Iqbal Singh, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Puducherry.
In Bangalore, which will be his final stop in India, Mr Courtial will visit the various sections of the Consulate General of France and the Alliance française. He will also meet the French community.
H.E.M. François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, will accompany him during his visit.