Accompanied by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Modi will later drive down to Lille to visit the Neuve Chapelle war memorial to pay homage to the 10,000 Indian soldiers who were killed during World War I.

He would return to Paris to attend a reception by the Indian community and also meet former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

On Friday, Modi held talks with President Francois Hollande and both sides inked 17 agreements and three letters of intent.

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Also, Modi on Friday announced that India will purchase 36 of Rafale fighter planes that are ready to fly, citing critical operational requirement of the IAF.

The Rafale deal is the biggest takeaway in the talks between Modi and Hollande. India had shortlisted Rafale, made by Dassault Aviation, in a USD 20-billion deal for purchase of 126 fighter jets for the MMRCA project in 2012.

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Both sides also urged for early conclusion of techno-commercial discussions on the proposal for construction of six 1650 Mwe nuclear power plants at Jaitapur, with due consideration to project viability and in the framework of an ambitious partnership for large and critical components, the joint statement said.

The two also urged their atomic energy establishments to lay an ambitious foundation for the future of India-France civil nuclear cooperation, including a wide range of subjects, including in the area of civil nuclear liability.

Modi will leave for Germany on Sunday.

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