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Indo-French club launched in Varanasi

Press Trust of India  |  Varanasi 

Ahead of the proposed visit by French and Prime Minister here, a group of local youths and some French nationals have formed a club to work towards improving man-to-man contact between the people of the two countries.

The 'Indo-French Friends Club' was launched at Assi Ghat on Thursday.

"The idea of getting the nationals of both the countries together for improving personal contact just took shape and we gave it the form of Indo-French Friends Club," the convenor and of the club, Uttam Ojha, told

Ojha said is a place where nationals of several countries stay for long durations to understand the old city.

"Same is the case with the French nationals who frequent the city for their spiritual pursuits. We have come together to have a common platform with them to share our history, culture, arts and food," Ojha said.

The club has started special programmes which will continue till March 12, the day and are scheduled to arrive here.

The two leaders would have a boat ride on "Kailasha" from Assi to Dashaswamedh ghat, a distance of about 500 metres, Ojha said.

"It will be a one-to-one conversation between the two leaders and this is what we are striving for also for the nationals of both the countries for a better understanding of each others viewpoint," he said.

"Later, more programmes on academics, art and cultural activities will be organised," he added.

A programme to felicitate French nationals living in for some time and serving the people is scheduled at the at the BHU.

"One such French national is Mustafa who has been coming here regularly since 1982. There is another lady who is working for the underprivileged," Ohja said.

Along with such people, the locals will strive for coordination at the social, cultural, literary and spiritual levels.

"The club will open a similar centre for facilitating the visit of French tourists arriving here in the future," he said.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 14:05 IST