Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Emmanuel Macron struts world stage with scandal at his heels

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said India will "go above and beyond" to protect climate as he termed the Paris climate agreement as a shared legacy of the world, a day after the U.S. president walked out of the deal.

He said that both he and Modi were convinced that India and France can do a lot together in the area of environmental transition and climate change.

Lauding France's efforts to fight climate change, the prime minister said that "France is committed to fighting climate change and will continue, not only within the framework of Paris accord, but also in actions we are implementing".

Macron accepted the invitation and said he will be travelling to India by end of the year and the two sides will convene a meeting of the world solar alliance.

Prime Minister Modi's comments came in the wake of US President Donald Trump's announcement that his nation would be pulling out of the Paris climate change deal on curbing carbon emissions.

"Terrorism is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today", said Modi, adding that France understands the threat posed by the menace.

During two hours of wide-ranging talks with Macron at the presidential Elysee Palace, Modi invited the French president to visit India. "For us, this is an article of faith".

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USA think tank Climate Interactive predicts that if all nations fully achieve their Paris pledges, the average global surface temperature rise by 2100 will be 3.3°, or 3.6° without the US.

Even in Germany and other places the Prime Minister has said that our commitment is there, and it is not going to change.

A personal chemistry between Modi, the then US President Barack Obama and Macron's predecessor in Palais Elysees, Francois Hollande, with active support from Chinese President Xi Jinping had made the deal possible.

39-year-old Macron created history last month by becoming the youngest president of France.

In a touching gesture, PM Modi and French President Macron jointly paid tributes to Indians who died for France.

The Prime Minister thanked President Macron for the warm welcome and congratulated him for the election victory.

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