The Indian Navy conducted a joint patrol with with the French Navy from the Reunion Island in February. The patrol was conducted by a P-8I aircraft with French Navy personnel onboard.
This shows India’s intent to engage with friendly foreign partners in expanding its footprint on the Indian Ocean.
France is also the first country to deploy a liaison officer at the Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Centre (IFC-IOR) as part of efforts to improve maritime domain awareness (MDA).
Major strategic partner
France has steadily emerged as a major strategic partner for India with big-ticket defence deals and increased military-to-military engagement.
The Indian Navy is currently inducting French Scorpene conventional submarines, being built in India under technology transfer, and the Indian Air Force will soon get the first batch of its 36 Rafale fighter jets.
Important Info :
Reunion is an overseas department and region of the France and an island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius.
It is above a hotspot in the Earth's crust. The Piton de la Fournaise, a shield volcano on the eastern end of Reunion Island, rises more than 2,631 m above sea level.
Source : The Hindu