French leader Macron hopes to sell jets, submarines to India

French President Emmanuel Macron, center and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center left, wave as they take a boat ride in the River Ganges in Varanasi, India, Monday, March 12, 2018. Macron arrived in India on Friday on a four-day visit. Also seen is India's northern Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, center, right. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

French President Emmanuel Macron sees "encouraging" progress in talks to sell more fighter jets and submarines to India

VARANASI, India — French President Emmanuel Macron says he hopes his country can sell more fighter jets and submarines to India.

In a news conference Monday, Macron said France and India want to "be able to continue with new volumes and production in line with what has already been signed."

He was referring to India's purchase of six conventionally powered Scorpene submarines in 2005 and 36 Rafale fighter jets in 2016.

Macron took a boat ride with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the River Ganges in Varanasi, in northeast India, Monday.

During the three-day visit by the French leader, Macron and Modi highlighted a strong alliance and cooperation in defense, security, technology, space and counterterrorism.

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