France, India sign nuclear cooperation pact

30th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Sarkozy meets with Indian Prime Minister Singh in Paris to sign an agreement allowing France to sell nuclear technology to India.

30 September 2008

PARIS -- France and India signed an agreement that will allow French companies to sell civilian nuclear technology to India.

The pact was made during a meeting Tuesday in Paris between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

It also comes days after the United States' House of Representatives passed a pact that would allow the US to provide nuclear materials to India. The Senate is expected to vote on the deal later this week.

India refused to sign agreements to prevent nuclear arms, and faced a nuclear trade ban since its first atomic test in 1974. The countries that supply nuclear material and technology agreed earlier in September to lift the ban, allowing the opportunity for the sale of French nuclear reactors to New Delhi.

[AP / Expatica]

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