French President Francois Hollande prepares to deliver his speech during the inauguration of the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, eastern France, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Jean Francois Badias)
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France's President Francois Hollande played down the prospects of a swift conclusion to a drawn-out deal for New Delhi to buy 36 French fighter jets as he began a three-day visit to India Sunday.The invitation for Hollande to be chief guest at India's Republic Day military parade Tuesday had raised expectations that the multi-billion dollar agreement for the Rafale jets would finally be nailed down.Hollande began his second official visit to India by touring the northern city of Chandigarh, designed by French architect Le Corbusier more than 60 years ago.On Monday, the leaders are expected to announce a roadmap for building six French nuclear reactors in western Maharashtra state, more than five years after a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement was signed, according to the Times of India newspaper.
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