France's Hollande heads to India for Republic Day visit

The Open Hand Monument at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh where President Francois Hollande begins his India visit on January 24, 2016More than 60 years after it was designed by one of the world’s best-known modern architects, the city where President Francois Hollande begins his India visit Sunday remains an oasis of calm in a country better known for urban chaos. Chandigarh is the only city outside France designed by Le Corbusier, the architect whose functional designs informed his home country’s postwar urban planning policy for three decades. Hollande was invited to India to be the guest of honour at this year’s Republic Day parade on Tuesday, the final day of a visit that is expected to focus on trade and security.

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