Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently urged the citizens of the country to adopt ‘Namaste’ over handshakes amid the coronavirus outbreak. However, not just Indians, even those who recalled the greeting of folding hands during their visit to the country, are now using it as a precaution. France President Emmanuel Macron used India’s traditional greeting style when he welcomed the Spanish King Felipe and Queen Letizia on Wednesday.
Emmanuel Lenain, the Amabassador of France to India, took to Twitter to share that the President has decided to greet all his counterparts with ‘namaste.’ He termed it as a ‘graceful gesture’ that the President retained from his trip to India in 2018.
Président Macron has decided to greet all his counterparts with a namaste, a graceful gesture that he has retained from his India visit in 2018 pic.twitter.com/OksoKjW7V8— Emmanuel Lenain (@FranceinIndia) March 11, 2020
As per reports, the coronavirus has claimed 30 lives and affected over 1500 people in France. Macron had recently stated the country was taking appropriate measures to deal with the situation.
Before Macron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had also similarly urged the citizens of his country to adopt ‘Namaste’ amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Of late I am being told by lots of people to keep washing hands to prevent any kind of infection. I do that in any case. But also want to suggest the age old Indian way of greeting people called #Namaste. It is hygienic, friendly & centres your energies. Try it. 🙏🙏 #caronavirus pic.twitter.com/ix7e6S8Abp— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) March 3, 2020
Apart from PM Modi, Anupam Kher had called for Namaste to be used to greet people. Even Salman Khan had urged his followers to use Namaste till the time coronavirus was not controlled.
In India, meanwhile, 52 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, the latest being two cases, one in Delhi and the other in Rajasthan. Across the world, over 3000 persons have lost their lives and more than 1 lakh infected by the virus.