France N-powers India..

India and France sign civil nuke cooperation deal:

The most awaited nuclear deal between France and India has been finalised today in France.This deal will bring India into the mainstream of nuclear after being isolated for nearly 34 years.”We expect to finalise agreements with other European partners too” on civil nuclear cooperation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said after holding talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris.France is the first country to signup with nuclear deal with India after the waivers from the NSG(Nuclear Supplier Groups).The deal was signed between Fance Prime Minister Nicholas Sarkosy and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.The Indo-US nuclear deal is awaiting Congressional nod and an agreement on it between the two countries is expected to be inked soon.The Indo-France Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement was signed in the presence of the two leaders by Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.As responsible states with advanced nuclear technologies, including in the fuel cycle, the two countries are interested to promote nuclear energy with the highest standards of safety and security.France is the first – country with whom we have entered into such an agreement after the lifting of international restrictions on civil nuclear cooperation with India by the NSG.India is in talks with other European countries and deal between them also be inked soon.The atomic pact is one of the three agreements signed during Manmohan’s two-day visit to Paris. The other two relates to social security matters which will benefit Indian and French nationals staying in each others countries on short duration up to five years and a Long Term Agreement on utilisation of the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch services.

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