• Parade, celebrations to be held on Jan. 26 in New Delhi
  • U.S. President Barack Obama was the chief guest in 2015

French President Francois Hollande accepted an invitation to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations on Jan. 26, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited France in April, seeking 36 Rafale warplanes as part of plans to spend $150 billion to upgrade the nation’s military by 2027.

U.S. President Barack Obama was the chief guest in 2015.

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