A multi-layered security blanket was thrown around Chandigarh as French President Francois Hollande arrived there on a three-day visit. Hollande will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade.
In his short visit to Chandigarh, Hollande after landing at Chandigarh Airport at 1 pm, headed out to Hotel Taj before taking a tour of the city.
Buzz in town Hotel Taj, Chandigarh
LIFE French architect Le Corbusier
After landing up at Hotel Taj, Hollande visited the Rock Garden, Capitol Complex and Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10, some of the city’s well known tourist places.
To make their visit secured, the presence of security personnel was not only beefed up, but a significant number of security checks could also be seen across the city, especially on the routes that Hollande and PM Modi took.
Travel Magma The Government Museum and Art Gallery
The excavation was carried out by a joint team of Indian and French scientists and the fossils were put on display for this special visit.
After visiting all the main tourist attractions of Chandigarh, the duo headed back to Hotel Taj to attend a summit that aims to create the framework for an open and action-oriented dialogue between the two countries.
Top business leaders and government leaders from both countries are meeting at this summit and will have a discussion there.
The real strength of the Indo French economic partnership. The 2 leaders witness signing of 16 B2B Agreements pic.twitter.com/ThNC30AYeU — Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) January 24, 2016
The real strength of the Indo French economic partnership. The 2 leaders witness signing of 16 B2B Agreements pic.twitter.com/ThNC30AYeU
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) January 24, 2016
After the gathering, both PM Modi and President Hollande left for Delhi.
Though the event is high profile, all public places, including the venues where the French President and Prime Minister Modi visited were kept open, with restrictions only being imposed on movement of vehicles on the routes the two took.
Indian Express Beefed up security in Chandigarh
With regard to security, around 5000 special security personnel were guarding the city these include personnel from SPG, ITBP and BSF apart from combined police forces from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
Indian Express Special boards put up fro the visit