Saint Tropez: The honouring of India continues with naval demonstrations beginning Thursday 19th July
Saint Tropez's Year of India takes to the sea
1,200 Indian sailors and 700 French sailors will engage in the maritime operation off the coast of the Var from Thursday, in preparation for Indian Day on Friday 20th July which will see a destroyer ship launching missiles as part of its celebrations.
The year-long commemoration of India began in May and will see sporting and cultural events including golf tournaments, dance shows and concerts. It will also help to bolster business opportunities, acting as a platform for Indian potential partners to promote their products. Not only do the festivities mark the growing and recent business partnership between Saint Tropez’s town council and the Indian Ministry of Tourism, but also honours Tropezian Jean Francois Allard, an officer in Napoleon's army who was exiled in India and who eventually became the chief commander of the troops of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, King of Penjab.