Speaking to the Indian community at La Seine Musicale in Paris on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that there are more Indian followers of French star Kylian Mbappe than there are in France. PM Modi emphasized Mbappe’s rising recognition in India, saying:
“French football player Kylian Mbappe is superhit among the youth in India. Mbappe is probably known to more people in India than in France.”
— ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2023
Narendra Modi received the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, France’s top honor, from French President Emmanuel Macron. On Thursday, Modi began a two-day visit to Paris. He will participate in ceremonies of French National Day on Friday as the Guest of Honor. Earlier, the French President and First Lady Brigitte Macron hosted a private dinner for Narendra Modi at the Elysee Palace.
Modi described India’s explosive growth and claimed that while the world is transitioning to a new order, India’s power and role are also changing swiftly. Modi noted that France was celebrating its national day and that he was there as the guest of honor. He praised France’s commitment to India and the vitality of the two nations’ ties as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of their strategic relationship.
Indian troops will march in the great annual military parade honoring France’s national day, while three Indian Rafale planes built in France will do a fly-by.