French Ambassador to visit Chennai on Dec 7

Puducherry, Dec 5 (UNI) France Ambassador to India, Mr Emmanuel Lenain, will pay an official visit to Chennai on December 7 and 8, aimed at strengthening cooperation between France and Tamil Nadu, particularly in the economic field.

According to a release from the French Consulate here on Saturday, France shares a close and long-standing relationship with Tamil Nadu which includes deep cultural and people-to-people ties between the state and the France’s Reunion Island.

Moreover, owing to its manufacturing and innovation-oriented ecosystem, Tamil Nadu, especially Chennai, has emerged as a hub of French business and investments in India, the release said.

Tamil Nadu is home to more than 140 French companies and attracts a significant share of all French investments in India. French companies are present in many priority sectors such as automotive, healthcare, industry, digital technologies, services, or energy.

Despite the pandemic, they have continued investing in Tamil Nadu, with significant projects such as Engie’s 250 MW wind power plant in Tuticorin and Total’s new LPG plan in Coimbatore.

To reflect this growing partnership, France decided in 2017 to open a Bureau de France in Chennai whose mission is to boost cooperation, exchanges, and mobility, including that of students, between France and Tamil Nadu, the release added.


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