PM Modi arrived here Thursday night on board his special aircraft on a two-day official visit. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was present during the ceremonial reception to Modi accorded at the large courtyard of the seventh century Les Invalides, which houses a military museum.

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After the ceremony, PM Modi accompanied by Fabius proceeded to attend two back-to-back French CEOs forum meetings, one on infrastructure and the other on defence technology.

PM Modi will later visit the UNESCO headquarters where he will give a speech. He will attend a lunch at the French National Assembly and interact with some political leaders.

The India-France CEOs Forum, which held a meeting on Thursday, is to present its report on the ways to boost bilateral trade when PM Modi meets French President Francois Hollande later in the day.

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After PM Modi and French President Hollande hold talks, a number of agreements are set to be inked. In the evening, PM Modi and Hollande will go on a boat ride on the Seine river, in a "nav pey charcha" moment.

He will also attend a banquet by President Hollande. PM Modi arrived to a red carpet welcome on Thursday night and was received by Thierry Braillard, minister of state for sports, according to a tweet by the Indian embassy in Paris.

PM Modi also interacted with a large number of the Indian community who were present at the airport to greet him.

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