Published On: Sun, Sep 15th, 2019

Discover Pondicherry, a tiny corner of France in India

Stroll along the promenade, Goubert Avenue. On one side are blue sea and breaking surf. On the other the Tricolour flutters over impressive buildings, including the grand hotel de ville.

Away from the sea front are shady streets and boulevards: Rue Mahe Labourdonnais, Rue Dumas, Rue Romain Rolland.

You might well be in France, but in fact the sea is the Indian Ocean, the Tricolour flies over the French Consulate, and this is Pondicherry, over which France relinquished control more than 50 years ago.

The Tsunami struck here in December 2004, but all is now prosperous. And despite the passage of half a century, there is still a distinctly Gallic air. French is widely spoken. There are plenty of French residents, many of them running hotels, restaurants and bars. There are lots of French tourists. The police still wear kepis. It’s unlike anywhere else in south India.

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Major efforts have been made to bring the two nations closer to their common objective of increasing bilateral trade. Under the aegis of the French Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, extensive business meetings have been organised to initiate new partnerships between enterprises from India and France..

India is booming. The economy of the world’s largest democracy is taking off in a big way. So the potential is vast, and French entrepreneurs are determined not to miss the opportunities.

Bilateral Trade Between France and India

Indo-French economic co-operation is already substantial. Indo-French bilateral trade has been growing by about 25 per cent a year, with an annual figure of 4 billion euros. Numerous French companies have already invested in India, through 300 subsidiaries or offices, creating more than 40,000 jobs for local engineers, employees and workers.

Discover Pondicherry, a tiny corner of France in India

India-France trade relations also aim at facilitating better trade links between India and the European Union.

A major effort is being made to forge ties for the development of the agribusiness and food-processing sector. The Indian food-processing sector produces about 50 million tons of fruits and 90 million tons of vegetables, but the inadequate food-processing infrastructure in India can process only a small amount of the perishable products available. The aim is to increase the percentage of processed food substantially. A huge future demand for processed food is expected with fast-changing socio-economic conditions. The processed-food sector offers tremendous scope, as does investment in the environment sector, where France’s expertise is acclaimed throughout the world, especially its success in implementing clean development mechanism projects according to the Kyoto Protocol for reducing emission levels of greenhouse gases.

India, undoubtedly one of the most vibrant, colourful, countries in the world, attracts more and more tourists every year. Pondicherry, a unique and special place, is a real jewel in the crown, and for anyone from France wanting to test the waters, either for business or tourism, it’s the obvious place to start an exploration of the sub-continent. It’s France’s Gateway to India.

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