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Indian PM Modi arrives at Lille to pay homage to WWI martyrs

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi visited a Prefecture in Toulouse

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Lille, (France), Apr. 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Lille Lesquin International Airport on Saturday to proceed to pay homage to martyred Indian soldiers at a memorial in Neuve Chapelle.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi visited a Prefecture in Toulouse, France, before departing for Lille.

He also attended a presentation of Airbus' suppliers and interacted with representatives of some of the key local Airbus partners in Toulouse.

The Prime Minister, who is currently on the first leg on his three-nation nine-day tour, arrived at the UNESCO headquarters at Place de Fontenoy, Paris yesterday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle at the World War I Memorial near the northern French town of Lille.

Arriving at the venue in windy and rainy weather, the Prime Minister was first presented a guard of honour before being escorted to the memorial where he laid a wreath at its base. The memorial commemorates the memory of some 4742 Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British Army during the First World War (1914-18).

Among the martyred Indian soldiers whose names have been engraved on the memorial were Kali Gurung, Tamang Singh Gurung, Dhanvir Thapa, Ganga Singh Gurung, Baga Singh and Fateh Singh.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by senior French dignitaries and defence personnel, and spent over 15-minutes at the venue. He also engaged in a brief conversation with his hosts.

Prime Minister Modi will reach the German city of Hannover on Sunday on the second leg of his visit. He will reach Canadian capital Ottawa on Tuesday on the final leg of his visit.

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