Macron Says France, India to Work Together on Climate Change


Just two days after the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the global deal on curbing carbon emissions, Modi said it was "part of the world's shared heritage" and that India would "continue working on this. above and beyond the Paris accord". He said, India is committed to save nature and Mother Earth for the future generations.

Before his departure, Modi laid a wreath at the Arc de Triomphe in honour of Indian soldiers who fought in France during World War I.

"We both (PM Modi and French President) are convinced that our countries can do a lot in tackling the climate change", added Macron.

Macron accepted the invitation and said he will be travelling to India by end of the year and the two sides will convene a meeting of the world solar alliance.

The French president, who responded to Trump's withdrawal by calling the Paris Agreement "irreversible", said France would surpass its Paris agreement commitments. "We must do the same for our future generations", Modi said.

The White House has hit back at the criticism, accusing Europe of trying to "shackle" the USA economy and refusing to acknowledge climate change is real. Innocent people, women, children lose their lives to terror.

While addressing a press conference, Vardhan said, "India is the most honest in terms of commitment for respected issues related to environment, fight against pollution, preservation of biodiversity, forest, nature, river and everything".

They said they had also discussed how to combat terrorism and that they would work on concrete initiatives before the end of the year to fight terrorism on the internet.

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Earlier on Friday, Modi, as Prime Minister attended for the first time the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an annual business and economic event hosted by the Russian President in city of St. Petersburg.

The Paris agreement commits the United States and 194 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5C.

The Prime Minister appreciated the positivity of French President towards the International Solar alliance.

The newly elected Macron, who has made on a mark on the global stage in the month since he was elected after talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders and the heads of the world's richest industrialized nations, further bolstered his diplomatic credentials in meeting with Modi.

He also expressed interest in improving the cultural relations between India and France.

39-year-old Macron created history last month by becoming the youngest president of France.

Investments and bilateral trform a significant part of India-France strategic ties.