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NEW DELHI: Reflective of its special ties with India, France, which has already supplied 80 tonnes of medical oxygen, has sent another 80 tonnes to ease oxygen availability in pandemic-battered India.

The second tranche of supplies, which are coming in through a special arrangement that sees oxygen being loaded into containers in Qatar, will reach India in a few days, depending on the petering out of Cyclone Tauktae, a person familiar with the matter said.

The oxygen has been donated by French company Air Liquide.

Besides this, France will also supply nine more oxygen generating plants each of which can support 250 hospital beds, the person cited above said. These nine plants, sourced from France, were expected in early June. They were in addition to eight such units delivered earlier this month.

“Solidarity is at the heart of the strategic partnership between France and India,” French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain had said earlier this month. In recent years, ties have grown with France emerging as New Delhi’s “go-to” partner on a number of issues, according to analysts.

“A partnership between sovereign countries that has…

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