France to open eight new visa centres in India

New Delhi: France will open eight new visa application centers in India, taking their number from six to 14, French Ambassador Francois Richer said Thursday.

Richer also announced that "ChaloParis", a travel application specifically designed for Indian tourist would be launched while tourist and business visas for Indians visiting France will now be delivered by the French consulates within 48 hours.

He said the number of visas delivered by the French consulates in India has jumped by 33 percent in 2014 compared to 2013.

Richer said that currently around 3.5 lakh Indian tourists visit France and it wanted to increase their numbers.

He said that the new centres, to be opened in Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Pune, Panaji, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Hyderabad and Jaipur, would be operational from Dec 1.

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