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Ambassador of France to India announces ‘Bonjour India 2017 -2018’ a four-month-long voyage across India



DSC_3628Mumbai, 22nd November 2017 : The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr. Alexandre Ziegler announced the opening of Bonjour India 2017 -2018, a four-month-long voyage across India.

Celebrating Indo-French partnership, it will shape the next decade of people-to-people contacts between the two countries. From November 2017 to February 2018, Bonjour India will cover a 100 programmes and projects through close to 300 events in 33 cities across 20 states & union territories, organized around three pillars: Smart Citizen, High Mobility, Go Green. Showcasing Indo-French expertise in innovation, education, research, science and technology, art and culture, this platform will enable and trigger further collaborations by bringing the best of India and France together.

On this occasion, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, ‘Bonjour India is a key event of the historical Indo-French relations of friendship and trust, which have grown in scope and exchanges over the last few years. In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, the efforts we make to address common challenges facing humanity must be done collectively. The third edition thus focuses on partnership, innovation and creativity, and is oriented in good measure towards the youth, for they renew and perpetuate our ties. Nothing can better uphold and create enduring relations than strengthening the partnership of hearts between our peoples.’

Mumbai will see some of the key event platforms like – The Experience – which is a moving exposition revealing through digital means the scale and richness of the past, present and future relations between France and India. Similarly, Bonjour India Rock Tour brings together youth from France and India to take French rock to new audiences and allow new collaborations in lesser-explored parts of India. There will be plethora of other interesting and unique projects taking place in the next four months that are sure to woo Mumbai audience!

Illustrating the fruitful development of the thriving Indo-French relation, Bonjour India was launched in 2009, travelling across India to offer a series of events around ideas, science and art. Namaste France, the festival of India in France, soon followed, reaffirming this dynamic process. In 2013 the second edition of BI encouraged Indo-French collaboration and co-productions, attracting a considerable audience within the span of 3 months. Scaling up, BI 2017 – 2018 will serve as a platform for the incubation of dreams, ideas and projects bringing together the best talent between the two countries for an open platform for dialogue and collaborations.

Making this larger-than-life platform come true, are our valued partner companies.  Bonjour India thanks:

Diamond Partners: Dassault Aviation, Reliance

Gold Partners: Accor, Air India, Engie, Krishnakriti, Renault, Société Générale

Silver Partners: Air France, Ariane Space, Axa, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, BNP Paribas, Faurecia, Laurent Perrier, Mane, Naval Group, NRB Bearings, Pernod Ricard, Phoenix Mall, Saint Gobain, Thales, Vicat (Bharathi Cement), Writer Relocations,

Event Partners: Schneider Electric, Sonalika Group, Suez, Apeejay Surrendra Group, L’Oreal, Champagne Besserat de Bellefon, Grover, L’Opera, Seher

Communication Partners: Foxity, ITSA, JC Decaux

Indian Institutional Partner: Indian Council for Cultural Relations

Local partners: BNP Paribas, Oberoi Trident, Solvay, Ubisoft, Dassault Systeme

About Bonjour India:


The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is unprecedented, given the ambitious scale of its partnership with India. People at the forefront of their fields will share their inspiring journeys as they change society through their innovation and creativity. At events collaboratively organised across cities and disciplines, amid performances, debates, seminars and exhibitions, all audiences will find something that captures their imagination.

With Bonjour India 2017-18, India and France will come together to create, innovate and partner towards a progressive and sustainable future.

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