Modi May Receive French President Hollande at Chandigarh

Francois Hollande might be received by Modi himself, when he lands in India to attend the Republic Day parade. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) with French President Francois Hollande (R) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 10 April 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to receive French President Francois Hollande in Chandigarh on January 24.

Hollande, the chief guest at the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, will land in Chandigarh first to begin his India tour.

Police sources said that Modi will receive Hollande at the technical area of the Chandigarh Air Force Station (AFS). Both leaders will spend the next few hours in Chandigarh before leaving for New Delhi in the evening.

Hollande had expressed his desire to visit Chandigarh, one of the few planned cities in the country, designed by famous French architect Le Corbusier in the 1950s and 1960s.

He is likely to visit Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex, Rock Garden, Sector 17 Plaza (the city’s commercial and business centre), Tagore Theatre and the Le Corbusier Centre in Sector 19 (where the master-planner and his team worked and conceptualised the city).

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Le Corbusier conceptualised Chandigarh to resemble a human body – the Capitol Complex was the head, the commercial centre its heart, the industrial area its hand and the intellectual centre the parkland.

Each sector in the city was planned to be self-sufficient.

The Capitol Complex, including the Secretariat Complex, the Legislative Assembly complex and the High Court Complex, were completed during his time.

The Open Hand monument, the symbol of Chandigarh, is also in this complex.

The French Ambassador to India, François Richier, had recently visited the city in preparation for the president’s visit.

Sources said Hollande will stay at the Taj Hotel in Chandigarh’s Sector 17 area for the few hours that he will be in the city.

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