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Assessing India-France Relations in a World Emerging Out Of American Exceptionalism
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Assessing India-France Relations in a World Emerging Out Of American Exceptionalism

In contrast to American Exceptionalism, the benefits of India-France collaboration lie in various realms, including security and trade.The support of France has been comprehensive and pervasive since establishing the India-France Strategic Partnership in 1998 and has supported India's bid for Permanent Seat in the UNSC, MTCR, Defence Tech, Space Exploration and more.The partnership has strengthened India's defence capabilities and opened avenues for sharing advanced technology with other countries, promoting collaboration and mutual benefit. While India and France have refrained from interfering in each other's internal affairs, the US has repeatedly interfered in its internal affairs and tried to arm-twist India to stop buying crude oil from Russia. President Emmanuel Macron becam...
Analyzing India-France Relations In Light of Macron’s Visit
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Analyzing India-France Relations In Light of Macron’s Visit

The Indo-French partnership has reliability, continuity and synergy, resulting in not just strategic cooperation, but also strong socio-cultural ties between the two. The power dynamics in the Indo-Pacific are a matter of grave concern, as both India and France are well aware that it is the increasing presence of the Chinese, which is posing a serious threat to the freedom of navigation in the region. France is concerned about the threat to its EEZ by which its supply chains lead to inevitable Chinese dependency. However, with the Indian assurance of scaling up the scope and efficiency of its indigenous supply chain mechanisms, the Chinese monopoly can collapse over some time. India needs to keep in mind that France, is neither Russia nor the USA, as it has limited strategic influence...
Volatile Geopolitics of Sahel – A Story of Greed and Global Capriciousness
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Volatile Geopolitics of Sahel – A Story of Greed and Global Capriciousness

The Sahel region's geopolitical landscape is experiencing a notable transformation, transitioning from a unipolar order dominated by France to a more competitive scenario. As major global powers vie for influence, Sahel remains a crucial focal point, hinting at a renewed global rivalry and the potential for a second "fight for Africa." While the region fights food insecurity, poor governance and a failing economy, the international powers are more interested in its minerals than rectifying the fundamental issues. In recent years, the Sahel region in Africa has witnessed significant transformations, marked by political upheavals, geopolitical shifts, and emerging challenges. This article provides a detailed examination of the evolving landscape in the Sahel, encompassing historical ...
Gabriel Attal’s Swift Ascent as France’s Youngest Prime Minister Raises Eyebrows
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Gabriel Attal’s Swift Ascent as France’s Youngest Prime Minister Raises Eyebrows

Gabriel Attal's ascent to becoming France's youngest prime minister is not just a political milestone; it is a narrative of resilience, adaptability, and a commitment to addressing societal challenges. Attal's mixed religious and cultural background, with a father of Tunisian Jewish descent and an Orthodox Christian mother with roots in Russia, adds to the complexity of his identity. From his early days in politics to his current position, Attal's story resonates with a changing France, reflecting the diversity and dynamism of its political landscape. In a surprising turn of events, France welcomed its youngest-ever prime minister, Gabriel Attal, at age 34, marking a significant shift in the country's political landscape. Attal's journey into this prominent position began with his ...
Niger | Unraveling the Complexities of the Ongoing Coup
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Niger | Unraveling the Complexities of the Ongoing Coup

Nigerian security forces prepare to disperse pro-junta demonstrators gathered outside the French embassy, in Niamey, the capital city of Niger July 30, 2023. REUTERS/Souleymane Ag Anara The unfolding situation in Niger is a multifaceted crisis, caused by intertwining political turmoil, public sentiment, international players and control of strategic resources. As the nation grapples with internal conflict, the international community's response will play a crucial role in shaping the path towards potential resolution. Understanding the realities on the ground and engaging with the Sahel region in a pragmatic manner, distinct from Russia's approach, is essential for fostering stability and cooperation. The situation in Niger's capital, Niamey, remains tense and precarious, as the co...
Strengthening Bonds: The Enduring Partnership Between India and France
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Strengthening Bonds: The Enduring Partnership Between India and France

The relationship between India and France has flourished over the years, driven by shared interests, strategic cooperation, and mutual respect. This article explores the multifaceted partnership between the two nations, encompassing defence cooperation, trade relations, regional interests, and collaborative efforts on global challenges. Defence Cooperation At the heart of the India-France partnership lies robust defence cooperation. France has emerged as a significant defence supplier to India, contributing substantially to India's defence imports. The acquisition of Rafale aircraft by India exemplifies the deepening defence ties, with the Indian contingent showcasing these advanced fighter jets during the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Furthermore, joint naval exercises, p...
France on Fire: Consequence of Systemic Discrimination and Neglect of Ominous Threats
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France on Fire: Consequence of Systemic Discrimination and Neglect of Ominous Threats

France is in chaos after the shooting of a teen by the police. The incident has sparked protests supposedly against police brutality and racial discrimination. While the role of Islamic fundamentalists and organised terror groups are being investigated, arsonists have set fire to cars, vandalized buildings, and clashed with riot police. President Emmanuel Macron is facing a major challenge in uniting the country and restoring order.  What ignited the protests?  A police officer in the Paris suburb of Nanterre shot and killed a 17-year-old boy of Algerian heritage during a traffic stop earlier this week. Footage of the incident shows two officers standing on the driver's side of the car. One of the officers then fired his gun at the driver, even though the driver did no...
Explained | French Pension Reforms and Ensuing Riots
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Explained | French Pension Reforms and Ensuing Riots

While roughly 80% of the French population has deemed the reform unjustified, Macron says that the reform is just and must be implemented. President Macron, with the aim of increasing the retirement age of the workers, wanted to pass the bill in the National Assembly, but due to fewer chances of getting it passed, he used the course of his constitutional executive powers. This constitutional executive power allows the President to force the bill through without a vote in the National Assembly.    Hundreds of thousands of people came to the streets of France to protest against the new retirement age law. At the start, this protest was peaceful, but later it turned violent. Angry protesters took over the streets in Paris and tried to pressure the lawmakers and Macro...
Russia, FTA, Civil Nuclear Legislation – India-EU relations in doldrums?
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Russia, FTA, Civil Nuclear Legislation – India-EU relations in doldrums?

India-EU relations have been on the wane but India’s relations with constituents like Germany and France are at a historical high. India doesn’t take kindly to being lectured on issues, like Human Rights and domestic issues, which she considers herself competent of handling.China’s increasing presence in Eurasia and South Asia is creating similar security, political and economic concerns for Europe and India. China has been trying to sow dissension within the EU by promoting the 17+1 initiative, focusing on the central and eastern European countries. The EU has next to nothing to contribute to its energy demand or other principal security interests. EU still largely perceives India as a huge market rather than a partner. India-EU FTA has a lot of roadblocks but benefits each other and...
Understanding AUKUS: The Submarine Deal, Restraining China and Geopolitical Implications
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Understanding AUKUS: The Submarine Deal, Restraining China and Geopolitical Implications

Despite its indifference towards AUKUS, India will welcome the arrangement to support a free and open Indo-Pacific in light of the increasingly assertive attitude of China in the region. India’s concerns regarding "encirclement" by China may also be partially mitigated by AUKUS. The unparalleled rise of China has been one of the most notable geopolitical phenomena. It espouses greater ambitions, and under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, a newly assertive China is pursuing a sophisticated strategy that exploits all elements of state power to strengthen its position in the world. Across much of the Indo-Pacific region, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using military and economic coercion to bully its neighbours. This predatory conduct increases the risk of conflict. Ev...