- Title: INDIA: French President Nicolas Sarkozy visits Fatehpur Sikri
- Date: 6th December 2010
- Summary: AGRA, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 5, 2010) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC) FATEHPUR SIKRI MONUMENT FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY WITH HIS WIFE CARLA BRUNI AND OTHER PEOPLE AT MONUMENT SARKOZY WAVING HAND TO PUBLIC SARKOZY WITH OTHER PEOPLE MAN TALKING ABOUT MONUMENT TO BRUNI SARKOZY'S SECURITY MEN SARKOZY LEAVING
- Embargoed: 21st December 2010 02:38
- Location: India
- Country: India
- Topics: International Relations
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- Story Text: French President Nicholas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni visited India's historical Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday (December 5).
The monument is located at Agra in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in large numbers across the state as a security measure to avert possible incidents of mishap during Sarkozy's visit.
Police personnel were seen frisking tourists along with their belongings.
Fatehpur Sikri is situated on the bank of a large natural lake, which has now mostly dried up. It is a pre-historic site.
The prehistoric site was the first planned city for Mughals. The efficient system of drainage and water supply adopted at Fatehpur Sikri suggests an extremely intelligent town planning by the Mughal emperor.
The French president is on a four-day visit to India and was due to travel with his wife to the capital New Delhi later on Sunday (December 5) to attend a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Sarkozy, who took the helm of the Group of 20 (G-20) this month, will hold official meetings with the Indian Prime Minister on Monday (December 6) hoping for a breakthrough in talks to build two nuclear reactors and supply 126 fighter jets to India's air force.
Sarkozy's visit could also lead to the finalisation of a contract estimated at some seven billion euro (US 9.39 billion dollars) between Nuclear Power Corp of India (NPCIL) and nuclear group Areva that had signed a memorandum 18 months ago for the construction of two reactors at Jaitapur in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
With military spending in many countries curbed by the financial downturn, India's deal for 126 fighters has drawn wide interest.
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