Historic Moment as PM Modi Receives France's Highest Civilian Award During Official Visit
Paris, France - In a momentous occasion highlighting the strengthening ties between India and France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was bestowed with the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, France's highest award in military or civilian orders. PM Modi now holds the distinction of being the first Indian Prime Minister to receive this esteemed recognition.
The illustrious award was presented to Prime Minister Modi by President Emmanuel Macron during a private dinner held at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Thursday evening. Expressing gratitude, PM Modi thanked President Macron, acknowledging the honor on behalf of the people of India, as stated by the external affairs ministry.
The Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor has been previously bestowed upon prominent world leaders and eminent personalities, including former South African President Nelson Mandela, King Charles (then Prince of Wales), former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, among others.
The Legion of Honor, according to its official website, is awarded for "outstanding merit acquired in the service of the nation in a civilian or military capacity." Foreign individuals may also receive the Legion of Honor if they have made significant contributions to France, whether in cultural, economic, or humanitarian spheres, or in support of causes championed by France, such as human rights and freedom of the press.
Prime Minister Modi's visit to France extends beyond the award ceremony, as he is engaging in a two-day official visit aimed at enhancing bilateral relations. The visit coincides with the 25th anniversary of the strategic partnership between India and France, further emphasizing the significance of this momentous occasion.
During his stay, PM Modi participated in a ceremonial welcome at the airport, where he was greeted by French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. Additionally, he is scheduled to join President Macron for the French National Day celebrations in Paris on April 14. As the Guest of Honor, Prime Minister Modi will witness the Bastille Day Parade, which will include a tri-services contingent from India, and the Indian Air Force will showcase a fly-past demonstration, adding a touch of Indian pride to the occasion.
The official visit signifies the shared commitment of India and France in strengthening diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties. It presents an opportunity for both nations to collaborate on various fronts, including defense, innovation, and climate change.
As Prime Minister Modi's exemplary leadership garners international recognition, the conferment of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor further solidifies his stature as a global statesman. This prestigious award not only highlights the accomplishments of the Prime Minister but also showcases the growing partnership between India and France on the world stage.
As the visit progresses, the engagement between the two countries is anticipated to yield fruitful outcomes, propelling the bilateral relationship to new heights and fostering mutual cooperation in diverse fields for the benefit of both nations and their citizens.
Stay tuned for more updates on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official visit to France and the significant developments emerging from this landmark event.
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