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Accepting an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, new French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said that he will be visiting India by the end of this year.

"The protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith", Mr Modi said at a joint news conference with Mr Macron in Paris.

"We are both convinced that our countries have to do a lot for the ecological and environmental transition and the fight against global warming", Mr Macron said, adding that France would go above and beyond its Paris agreement commitments.

French President Emmanuel Macron met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in Russian Federation just days after the United States withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.

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.

Through ISA, France and India had committed to promote over one terawatts of solar power generation, bringing electricity to hundreds of millions of families across some of the poorest nations in the world. "It will benefit the future generations as well", Modi said addressing a joint Press event with Macron.

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India has signed several agreements during this visit of the Prime Minister.

He underlined, "we must leave for our future generations a climate wherein they can breathe clean air and have a healthy life".

Drawing parallel between terrorism and climate change, Modi added that while every child in France had seen and felt the frightful nature of terrorism, one of the biggest challenges facing the world today, the other big threat, in terms of climate change and pollution, is mainly invisible, but the one whose impact is being felt all over the world, just like terrorist attacks.

Macron accepted the invitation and said he will visit New Delhi by the end of the year for an worldwide summit on solar power an area on which France plans closer cooperation with India.

Earlier, Macron greeted Prime Minister Modi with a bear hug in the courtyard of the presidential Elysee Palace when he arrived for the meeting and working lunch.

Macron, 39, was already basking in global attention after becoming the first French president to take on his American...

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