Launch of the first Franco-Indian satellite
I welcome the success of this morning’s launch of the first Franco-Indian satellite from India’s Sriharikota spaceport. This satellite, named "Megha-Tropiques", will make it possible to measure climatic phenomena accurately in the intertropical regions, assess their impact on the planet’s climate and improve understanding of monsoons, which directly affect billions of human beings.
The launch of this first Franco-Indian satellite is a further illustration of the dynamic nature of Franco-Indian space cooperation. This joint success demonstrates the rich cooperation between the French Space Agency (CNES) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It strengthens the ambitions we share in the field of space, as expressed by President Sarkozy during his visit to ISRO in Bangalore in December 2010./.