Washington, July 14 -- The friendship between India and France is "unbreakable"; it is rooted in history and spans the most modern of sectors from space to digital; and both countries are dealing with the challenges of the 21st century together, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

Modi also hailed India as both the "mother of democracy" and a "model of diversity", suggested that this diversity was the basis of India's strength, outlined the domestic transformation in India, and recognised the Indian diaspora's contribution in both adding to Indian capabilities and deepening the Indian imprint globally. Addressing a community gathering at La Seine Musicale in Paris hours after arriving in France, Modi said, to chants of Bharat Mata ki Jai, t...