According to sources quite a few steps were yet to be covered, but the discussions were on smoothly.

Unlike the US which wanted a standalone facility, France has indicated that reprocessing would take place in India and if that was not sufficient, it could be done in France.

But the inter-governmental agreement is estimated to be completed during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Paris as chief guest of the French National Day celebration on July 14, 2009.