Macron calls for solidarity with India in the Indo-Pacific

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PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi have stressed the desire for a joint approach in the Indo-Pacific during telephone consultations.

The Elysee Palace announced on Tuesday that it aims to promote regional stability and the rule of law while avoiding any form of domination. France also seeks to contribute to India’s strategic independence at the industrial and technological level, making it all about trusting the relationship between the two strategic partners. Economic ties in particular should be expanded.

The Franco-Indian consultation follows the announcement of a new “security alliance” between the United States, Great Britain and Australia. In this context, Australia canceled billion-dollar purchases of conventional French submarines and announced that it would purchase nuclear-powered submarines with American and British help. As a result, France feels excluded as a strategic partner in the region.

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