India, which is not part of the G7, will participate well in the summit in France. Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (August 22nd) receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi just before the summit in Biarritz, which begins on Saturday. The French president has also invited him to two key sessions of the G7 summit, a way to integrate India at this summit he considers too narrow, according to a French diplomatic source.
"The question is to expand the G7, whose format does not always bring full success, to India, a democracy that plays a key role on global issues," argues Paris, in reference to American reluctance. It is in the same perspective that Emmanuel Macron invited Vladimir Putin to France just before the G7 and that he returns to China to see the president, Xi Jinping, in October.
"India will participate in the climate and digital sessions It is new that a large invited democracy is taking part in the G7 sessions, it is about having results on global issues where we do not have the format G7, because of the American blockages ", notes Paris.
France hopes that India, one of the main emitters of greenhouse gases, will go further than the objectives of the Paris agreement and will also commit to HFCs or endangered species, many in the country. Paris is also looking for Indian support on the digital agenda, including the protection of democracies against cyber attacks.
Crisis in Indian Kashmir
Hot topics like the crisis in Indian Kashmir, which India revoked on August 5 constitutional autonomy, will also be discussed. Paris is waiting for explanations from the Indian leader. "We have a strategic partnership with India, which means trust, we will not attack India, but we expect the Prime Minister to explain to us how he sees the situation and what's next. remember our position, which is to resolve the situation through dialogue, and we call on the parties to refrain from any action that may lead to an escalation on the ground, "says Paris.
Narendra Modi, who had offered the French president a spectacular welcome in his stronghold of Benares, is invited Thursday evening for an interview and a dinner not at the Elysee, but in the elegant castle of Chantilly (in the Oise, France). north of Paris), the opportunity to showcase a heritage jewel.