French Prez Sarkozy backs India’s civil N-programme


French President Nicolas Sarkozy today expressed his country’s full support to development of India’s civil nuclear programme but felt access to this industry was “restricted”.

 

French President Nicolas Sarkozy of France greets India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, at the G8 summit. Photo: AP

Soon after he arrived here on a four-day visit, Sarkozy also backed India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and its case for a permanent membership of the expanded United Nations Security Council, saying it was “unthinkable” to keep a country of over one billion out.

“France is a friend of India. It will stand with it in its efforts in developing non-polluting energy and nuclear industry,” the French President said addressing scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

“We need to put an end to nuclear isolation of India”.

It was injustice done to India challenging your right to access to civil nuclear energy,” Sarkozy, who is on his second visit to India, said.

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