London: In a bid to expand its cultural ties with Europe, India will open a cultural centre in France for which it had already acquired property.

"In Europe, we don't have many cultural centres. We have cultural centres only in Moscow and Berlin. We are opening one in France. We have already acquired property. We should be opening it very soon," said Karan Singh, president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Singh said, "In the last 4 to 5 years, ICCR has suddenly flowered and become a brand."

ICCR has 28 to 29 Cultural Centres globally, including one each in Kaula Lumpur, Bangkok, Tokyo and Beijing. "We have looked East in a big way. As far as West is concerned, the Nehru Centre in London has been our flagship for a long time. ICCR sends Indian dance and music and occasionally drama troupes abroad," Singh said.

"We are also organising India Festivals abroad. We had such Festivals in Japan, China, Russia and just completed one in France," he added.