Modi, Macron in Jaipur: Roadshow through the old city and some shopping

Modi, Macron in Jaipur: Roadshow through the old city and some shopping

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Jaipur on Thursday, after which he visited some of the city’s iconic sites, took part in a roadshow with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and did some shopping.

Macron will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Friday. Arriving in Jaipur a day ahead of that, the French President was received at the airport by Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and Governor Kalraj Mishra, among others.

He then headed to the historic Amber Fort, one of Jaipur’s biggest tourist attractions. On the way there, he was greeted by thousands of school children and local residents who had lined the sides of the road.

At Amber, he was accompanied by External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and deputy CM Diya Kumari. Macron also interacted with some French-speaking Indian students at Amber, as well as some local artists.

He then left for Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar, where PM Modi greeted him with a hug. The two were then given a tour of the astronomical observatory established by 18th-century ruler Sawai Jai Singh.

From there, Macron and Modi took out a roadshow that passed through the old walled city, where they were welcomed by people in large numbers. Specially decorated for the occasion, the walled city had life-size cutouts and hoardings of the two leaders, with many onlookers holding banners saying “Bienvenue” – French for welcome. The two also clicked a selfie during the roadshow.

Modi and Macron also did some shopping in the old city, and Macron was given a replica of the Ram Temple. In visuals from a shop, Modi could be seen explaining the BHIM UPI payment app to Macron.

Festive offer

The two were scheduled to have dinner in Jaipur later, before leaving for New Delhi.

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