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On the front page of the press, Narendra Modi's official visit to France, where the Indian Prime Minister will be the guest of honor, tomorrow, of the traditional military parade of July 14.

On the occasion of this visit, the head of the Indian government gave an interview to Les Echos, where he repeated his mantra: India "will soon be the third largest economy in the world" and "international institutions misrepresent the current world". The Hindustan Times reports that Narendra Modi's visit could lead to an order for 26 Rafale Marine from Dassault, which could be formalized during this visit. Enough to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the "strategic partnership" between New Delhi and Paris. The Indian Express assures that this cooperation will "contribute to Eurasian security in the coming century".

The French press is less enthusiastic - the left-wing press, at least, which denounces, like Mediapart, the "compromises" of the French government with the Indian Prime Minister. In an interview published on the site, researcher Isabelle Saint-Mézard says that her presence at tomorrow's parade "will feed the cult of personality around Modi", and that if "the strategic partnership of the France with India is old, its implications deserve to be debated in view of the authoritarian involution of the Narendra Modi regime". Narendra Modi's India is accused by the Swiss cartoonist Chappatte, of showing, in particular, a "growing intolerance" towards its comedians. In a forum published by his newspaper, Le Temps, relayed by Courrier International, the cartoonist also returns to the controversy recently triggered by one of his drawings, where we see a happy Indian train overtaking at full speed a Chinese TGV tristounet. This drawing earned Chappatte to be treated, among others, by Hindu nationalists, as a "dirty German Nazi". The cartoonist said he regretted that the "vibrant tradition" of press cartooning "seems like an old memory" in India and quotes the Hindustan Times, which published the famous cartoonist Shankar, and now no longer has a political cartoonist.

The day of July 14 will not give rise, however, to the traditional speech of the French president. In Kak's drawing, for L'Opinion, Emmanuel Macron faces the Great Muette. Silent soldiers, at attention, to whom he declares that what he appreciates with them is that "the leader does not have to bother to know if he has the majority" - "an enchanted parenthesis", "far from the troubles of domestic politics", ironically the newspaper, which specifies that Emmanuel Macron will not speak tomorrow, but that he will speak "in the coming days". In the meantime, his decision not to speak on July 14 questions the French press, Libération accuses him of "posing a rabbit to the French". And the newspaper La Croix doubts his "perpetual promise of appeasement", his commitment to "reconcile the France". L'Humanité, which evokes the recent riots in the suburbs, declares that "the Republic is not celebrating". The newspaper asks Emmanuel Macron to "take up on his own" the words of his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, in the aftermath of the 2005 riots. The president then addressed the "children of difficult neighborhoods", assuring that they were "all the daughters and sons of the Republic".

Finally, the French and foreign press are largely returning to the death of the great writer Milan Kundera. "Immortal", headlines the Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny, which recalls that Milan Kundera had been stripped of his Czechoslovak nationality in 1979 and had only regained his Czech nationality 40 years later, in 2019, after being naturalized French. The newspaper also recalls that the writer never returned definitively to his native country, which is why readers around the world know him more as "a French writer of Czech origin". Lidove Noviny, Libération, another newspaper, same photo on the front page, a very beautiful photo signed Jean-Pierre Couderc, taken in April 1979, the year Milan Kundera was stripped of his nationality. Czechoslovakian, Czech, French, whatever, "his life is elsewhere", writes Libération, in reference to his book, "Life is elsewhere". Before telling you next week, I offer you the words written by Milan Kundera in another of his great books, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being": "He who seeks the infinite has only to close his eyes".

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