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On 8 June, Mr. Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister, Finance Minister and Minister for Corporate Affairs was received at Hotel de Brienne, the Defence Ministry by Ms. Sylvie Goulard, Minister of Armed Forces of the French Republic. This was the first ever meeting between the two Ministers after the formation of the new government in France as well as the first ever occasion when a Defence Minister of a country was received by Ms Goulard at Hotel de Brienne. Mr Jaitley was given a ceremonial guard of honour. The two Ministers during their meeting, referred to the strategic partnership that exists between India and France discussed wide-ranging areas of cooperation which can further strengthen it. The Indian side invited the French defence industry to take advantage of the Make in India programme to encourage cooperation between industries. Mr Jaitely was accompanied with Ambassador of India to France, Dr Mohan Kumar and other officials.