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Talks on defence, UN reforms during Sarkozy visit: French envoy

Chennai, July 13 (Calcutta Tube) French President Nicolas Sarkozy will have wide-ranging discussions on improving bilateral trade and defence ties, as also India’s bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council when he visits India later this year, French Ambassador to India Jerome Bonnafont said here Tuesday.

‘Our president will be visiting India later this year to have discussions on defence and civil nuclear energy deals and on permanent membership for India in the UN Security Council,’ Bonnafont said at a seminar organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here Tuesday.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had invited Sarkozy to visit India during their meeting in Toronto last month at the G20 summit.

The French president had earlier visited India in 2008.

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