Puducherry Collector Devesh Singh, French Consul General Catherine Suard and representatives of various organisations of retired French civil and military personnel and french nationals paid homage to the statue of 'Soldat Inconnu' (Unknown Soldier) at the War Memorial on the occasion.
Puducherry retains French culture and the headgear of the policemen represent the design adopted in France.
There are institutions like the French Institute, which out research in indology and other fields.
Official sources told PTI around 6,000 French nationals reside in Puducherry.
French is one of the official languages of the Puducherry government.
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