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'Efforts on to bring back Chandernagore into Indo-French map'

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The French to Alexandre today said Chandernagore in figures high among the French although they may not know where the place is located.

Chandernagore in district was a French colony till 1950.

Participating at the restoration workshop by students from both countries at Chandernagore as part of 'Bonjour 2018', said the initiative was aimed at bringing back the town into the "Indo-French map."

The demonstration after the workshop not only celebrated the glorious past of the two countries, "but part of future of our relationship projects involving students from two countries and local communities," he said after going through the charts with sketches of the futuristic look of the restored and neighborhood.

Speaking about the Chandernagore project, which is part of the 33-city tour of Bon Jour in the past four months, said, "It is very sumbolic of what we are doing here."

He said that when he first visited Chandernagore, the was like a museum but is now a site where perople are workimg on real projects.

"Next year, I hope to see all these projects on paper on the ground. Let's start with a pilot project on Treasury building. We can demonstrate we can make it meet the needs," he said.

Ziegler took a cruise down the with the French in Kolkata and other officials from consulate and Alliance Francaise to the former French colony to be present on the concluding day of restoration workshop.

India, he pointed out, was the first port of call in 1984 when the Festival of was conceptualized.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 20:40 IST