Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state governor Ram Naik were present at the airport.
Accompanied by his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude, Macron arrived in India on Friday night and was greeted by Modi at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Soon after Macron embarked from his plane at the Air Force Station Palam in West Delhi, Modi welcomed the French president with a warm hug. The boat ride will end at the historic Dashashwamedh Ghat. Cutouts of Prime Minister Modi and President Macron have been installed at the ghats as well.
The two leaders are now expected to return to Varanasi. The two powerful leaders will take a boat ride from Assi to Dashaswamedh Ghat and enjoy Ramleela play, folk and dance performances. Security has been beefed up in the city for their visit. The leaders will also meet artisans at the Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul in Bada Lalpur.
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PM Modi will also host a lunch in the honour of the French President. He will launch various development projects and address a public meeting at the DLW Grounds in Varanasi.
On a four-day visit to India, the French President had on Sunday visited the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Reaffirming their commitment to further Indo-French ties, the two leaders made a decision to take it to a new level by agreeing to hold biennial summits between the Prime Minister of India and the President of France, a joint statement issued after Modi-Macron talks said. Prime Minister Modi had visited France in June past year.