French President pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

New Delhi: The visiting French President, Francois Hollande, paid tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat here this morning.

He was accompanied by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar.

Later, Hollande also planted a sapling in the Rajghat premises.

The French President was earlier accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Later in the day, he will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House, which will be followed by signing of agreements between both sides in various key sectors.

The French President will on Tuesday witness the Republic Day parade at Rajpath as the chief guest. This is the fifth time that a serving President of France will be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day function. (ANI)