Two-thirds of French people want a law limiting the use of face-covering Islamic veils such as the niqab and the burqa, with only a minority backing the government's plan for a complete ban, a poll showed Saturday.

A cultural tit-for-tat is happening in France as Namaste France picks up steam. It follows hot on the heels of Bonjour India which saw French cultural events highlighted across 18 Indian cities. Now the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Indian Embassy in Paris has even outdone the French.

Ever since it was founded, the Alliance Française has been one of the most active promoters of the French language and culture around the world. Its action is all the more remarkable as the Alliances Françaises — there are currently a thousand of them — are private associations operating under local laws.

April 17, 2010

India this week launched a 15-month cultural festival,'Namaste France',to reciprocate France's 'Bonjour India',a two-month-long festival organised in 18 Indian cities. It's a risky strategy in a culturally perceptive country like France.Cultural diplomacy is much appreciated by the French;but this needs to be incisive for India to enter their consciousness.

Namaste France, a 15-month long 'Festival of India' has been launched in Paris to spread awareness about Indian culture which include dance, music, literature and cinema... Namaste France follows Bonjour India - the French cultural Festival held in India from November 2009 to February this year.

April 3, 2010

Some of India’s best-known artistes will travel to China and France this month for the “Festival of India in China” and “Namaste France” events respectively, organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR).

THE Smurfs, the Little Mermaid, Bollywood stars, tenor Andrea Bocelli and the acrobats of Cirque du Soleil are part of a colourful diplomatic offensive to win Chinese hearts at this year's World Expo.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) would flag-off the Festival of India in China and France in April, showcasing a variety of art forms from various regions of India.