PM Modi shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during their joint press conference.

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PM Modi shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during their joint press conference. (Filed)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation on Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron and reiterated India's full support to France in the fight against terrorism, extremism and radicalism.

"Spoke with my friend @EmmanuelMacron on the challenges and opportunities presented by the post-COVID world. India stands by France in its fight against terrorism & extremism," Modi said in a tweet.

The India-France partnership is a force for good in the world, including in the Indo-Pacific, he said.

The leaders also discussed other bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest, including improving the affordability and accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines, post-COVID economic recovery, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, maritime security, defence cooperation, digital economy and cybersecurity, strengthening multilateralism, and climate change and biodiversity.

"The Prime Minister conveyed to President Macron his condolences for terror attacks in France, and reiterated India's full support to France in the fight against terrorism, extremism and radicalism," a PMO release said.

It said the two leaders expressed satisfaction at the depth and strength that the India-France Strategic Partnership has acquired in recent years and agreed to continue working closely together in the post-COVID era.

Prime Minister expressed his wish to welcome President Macron in India after the normalisation of the public-health situation.

France was struck by terror attacks recently. A teacher was beheaded outside his school on October 16. On October 29, a man recently arrived from Tunisia killed three people with a knife in a Nice church.

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