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    France, India to Boost Space Cooperation, Other Joint Projects - Ambassador

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    India could launch more French satellites as Paris and New Delhi look to deepen space cooperation between the two nations, France's ambassador to India Francois Richier said on Tuesday.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) In June 2014, an Indian rocket put into orbit five foreign satellites, including one built by France.

    "We will further our cooperation in the field of space. We will sign more joint cooperation programs. We will further our cooperation in joint launching of satellites," Richier told journalists.

    The diplomat spoke ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi's trip to France scheduled for April 10-11.

    Richier added that France also looked to cooperate with India in building "smart cities" across the Asian country but the "concept of the project is not precisely clear."

    A deal for French-built semi-high-speed trains is expected to be discussed during Prime Minister Modi's visit to France.

    Last week Modi said in a statement that he planned to visit "some high-tech industrial units outside Paris."

    The prime minister will then travel to Germany before wrapping up his three-nation tour in Canada in mid-April.


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