France to look into harassment of Indians at Paris airport

June 17th, 2009 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) France will look into the recent discriminatory treatment of Indian citizens at the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, the civil aviation ministry said Wednesday.
The assurance was given to Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel by his French counterpart Dominique Brussereau in Paris during the day, the statement said.

“The French minister has also assured Mr. Patel he will take up the issue of discriminatory treatment of Indian nationals in transit at the Charles De Gaulle Airport with the French interior ministry,” the ministry said.

“He (Brussereau) has assured that systems and processes would be evolved in consultation with other concerned departments of the French government so that no Indian passenger is put to any inconvenience.”

The ministry said the two governments have also decided to work closer on air safety.

“The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India and its counterpart the DGAC of France, the two safety regulators, will work closely towards this,” it added.

France also agreed to be a partner country at the India Aviation Air Show in Hyderabad next March.

Patel had Tuesday attended the Paris Air Show and met senior officials of Airbus, Eurocopter, Bombardier, Augusta Westland, Roles Royce and Air France.

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