France seeking nuclear cooperation with India

France is keen to have civil nuclear cooperation with India and waiting for New Delhi to ink the safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to Indian media.

France seeking nuclear cooperation with India
France has said that it is waiting for New Delhi to ink the safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency and get an exemption from the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group.

French Ambassador Jerome Bonnafont said that his country is pleading with the IAEA and NSG, to give exemption to India in the field, so that it can have cooperation with the international community.

He said that France very strongly favoured civil nuclear cooperation with India and is waiting for New Delhi to sign the safeguards agreement with IAEA and get the exemption from NSG.

"We are ready to sign the agreement with India whenever there is an agreement with the IAEA, approved by the IAEA's Board of Governors and the exemption from NSG," he said.

A bilateral civil nuclear agreement between France and India, on the lines of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, is almost ready for signature by the two sides.

Four Left parties, which provide crucial outside support to the United Progressive Alliance government, have warned against signing an agreement with the IAEA, as part of implementation of the India-United States nuclear deal.

A prominent French nuclear power company has already surveyed potential sites for setting up atomic power plants in India.

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