In a significant stride for India’s digital advancement, the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has been launched at the renowned Galeries Lafayette store in Haussman, Paris. This move follows the January 2024 launch of UPI at the Eiffel Tower, marking an extension of PM Narendra Modi’s vision to globalize the UPI revolution.

With this development, visitors to iconic Paris landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Galeries Lafayette, can now make payments directly using UPI. Ambassador of India to France, Jawed Ashraf, expressed his delight at the launch, highlighting the efforts to make UPI a global payment solution.

The Indian Embassy in France shared images of the launch on social media, emphasizing the expansion of UPI across France. The embassy recalled PM Modi’s vision from 2018, which began with UPI’s introduction in Singapore, now taking another significant step forward in Paris.

Launching UPI ahead of the Paris Olympics 2024, scheduled to begin on July 26, is expected to boost payment convenience for Indians and NRIs familiar with the system. Ambassador Ashraf praised the initiative, noting that UPI could grow as a medium for cross-border remittances and eventually become a global digital payment system.

Ashraf also conveyed to PTI that the launch of UPI in Paris signifies a major milestone in India’s journey to globalize its digital payment technology, aligning with the country’s broader vision of technological leadership.

Source: The Indian Express