NEW DELHI: France on Monday became the first Western power to hold talks in India with the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived to push defense deals and trade. The reform-minded Modi has been widely courted by Western governments since his election in May, with his plans to open up the economy and spur economic growth that raises hopes for foreign investors. European governments and the United States boycotted him for a decade over religious riots which occurred while he was running his home state of Gujarat. They are now redoubling efforts to make up for lost time. “It’s an honor,” he told Agence France-Presse at the French embassy where he held talks with India-based business leaders. “It shows the depth of the ties between India and France,” he added.