He was shunned by Europe for years, but now France and Germany are rolling out the red carpet for India's controversial Prime minister. They're hoping to persuade Narendra Modi to buy French fighter jets and boost trade ties with Berlin. Ruairidh Villar reports.
He was persona non grata in Europe But today all the pomp and ceremony of Paris for India's Prime minister. The controversies of Narendra Modi's past put on hold. Controversies like this one. Riots that killed 1000 people when Modi was governor of Gujarat. Suspicions that he was complicit in the violence left him shunned by Europe for years. But as Prime Minister he's now calling the shots for India - and for France the stakes are high. President Francois Hollande trying to seal a 12 billion dollar deal to sell India fighter jets. Talks to buy 126 French Rafale planes dragging on for more than three years. In the warm welcome today France hoping for a lucrative breakthrough. And India suggesting it may get the ball rolling with a small initial purchase. Later this week Modi will head to Germany - trade talks again greasing the diplomatic wheels. Not oiled enough for a direct summit with the EU though - plans for that collapsed last month.