French President Emmanuel Macron to grace Republic Day event as chief guest; Report

People familiar with the development stated on Friday that French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, making him the 5th French leader to receive the honour.

The development comes after the US was unable to accept India’s invitation for President Joe Biden to be the chief guest for Republic Day. Furthermore, since 1976, this will be the sixth time that the head of state of France will attend the celebrations as a chief guest.

With just over six weeks to go until Republic Day, the Indian side had to look for a world leader to be the chief guest after the US didn’t take up the invitation, reportedly because of Biden’s focus on domestic politics, which included his re-election bid in 2024 and the annual state of the union address.

In the past few days, there has been speculation in diplomatic circles about the Indian side reaching out to other global leaders, with the names of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the heads of state of some West Asian countries doing the rounds.

There was no confirmation from Indian officials on Macron’s presence at the Republic Day celebrations, however, the people cited above said the French president is expected to attend and that a formal announcement is expected soon.

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