India in Talks on with France for 2 nuclear reactors

KOCHI: Discussions are on between the Indian and French governments for setting up two nuclear reactors in India, French Ambassador to India Jerome Bonnafont has said.Addressing reporters on board the French landing helicopter dock (LHD) Tonnerre in Kochi on Friday, he said negotiations in this connection are progressing. “There are discussions to construct two latest generation nuclear reactors here.Discussions were held between the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Areva, a French company,” Bonnafont said.Tonnerre, which called at Kochi on Wednesday will leave the port on Saturday.

The visit is as a part of its training of midshipmen in defence drills along with diplomacy and geo-strategic issues.Landing helicopter dock Tonnerre, which belongs to the French Navy, is equipped to carry out a wide-range of missions – amphibious and air support operations, crisis management, command and control, and medical support.On the counter-piracy operations in which the ship was involved, Commanding officer of Tonnerre Captain Philippe Ebanga said it was as a part of their mission that they dealt with Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.On Exercise Garuda to be held next week in France, the officials said the Air Force from three nations – India, France and Singapore – will come together for the exercise this time.

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