French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to be the chief guest at India’s upcoming Republic Day celebrations. The event is scheduled to be held on January 26 next year.
Quoting sources related to the Republic Day event, Indian media Hindustan Times said that US President Joe Biden was invited to attend India’s Republic Day event as the chief guest. As he did not accept the invitation, the French President Mokhon was invited. If Machon accepts the invitation, he will be the fifth French president to be the chief guest at the Republic of India event in Dives.
India’s diplomats were in a quandary after Joe Biden refused to be the chief guest at the Republic of Divasar function. Later they started thinking about other world leaders. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and several West Asian leaders were in their thoughts. In the end, the French president was invited, a source confirmed to Hindustan Times.
The Government of India has not yet officially announced that Makhon will be the Chief Guest. Indian officials are tight-lipped about this. However, Emmanuel Makhon is expected to attend the event as the chief guest.
Earlier, French President Jacques Chirac attended India’s Republic Day celebrations in 1976 and 1978, Valery Giscard d’Estaing in 1980, Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008 and Francois Oulad in 2016. This time in 2024, Emmanuel Macron will be the fifth president to be the guest of honor at India’s Republic Day celebrations.
Prime Minister of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Bastille Day or National Day of France celebrations in Paris in July this year as the chief guest.