12 March, New Delhi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has met French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed with him a range of issues common to both the countries.
Mr Gandhi met the French President late on Sunday evening as part of a Congress delegation which also comprised former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, party sources said on Monday.
Taking to twitter on Monday, Rahul said,”Yesterday, I met with French President @EmmanuelMacron. We discussed a range of issues common to our liberal democracies, including fake news. I look forward to building on this meeting and to collaborating with him on global challenges such as ClimateChange.”Sources, however, said that there was no discussion in the meeting on the controversial deal for Rafale fighter jets, on which the Congress and its party president have been attacking the Government for the alleged irregualarities in the purchase of 36 fighter jets by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to France in 2015.
The Congress has alleged that the NDA Government has struck the deal with the French government at three times the price that agreed to by the previous UPA government.