NEW DELHI (AFP) - India and France are close to an signing a nuclear energy pact similar to a deal New Delhi has already struck with Washington, India's top diplomat said Friday. The accord is expected to be signed during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to France on Sept 30, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon said. "We are working on signing the agreement," he added. The text of the accord with France was finalised during French President Nicholas Sarkozy's visit to New Delhi in January. New Delhi's plans to enter the loop of global atomic commerce received a boost on Sept 6 when the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which controls the trade, amended its rules to allow India to buy equipment and fuel. The push for NSG approval, which opens the way for nuclear deals with other countries like Russia and Britain, was spearheaded by the United States. New Delhi, which is critically short of energy to fuel its booming economy, is looking at investments worth billions of dollars in its power sector.