The French President, Emmanuel Macron he surrounded himself today with some 200 leaders of foreign multinationals in the sumptuous framework of Palace of Versailles to announce investment 13,000 million euros that will create 8,000 jobs.
Macron, who is still weighed down by the response caused by the pension reform a month after promulgating it, strove to present this sixth edition of “Choose France” as a success, an event that he himself created at the beginning of his first term. to mark their desire to make their country the most attractive in Europe for companies.
Among the personalities who attended Versailles, the South African billionaire Elon Muskat the head of an empire that includes the car manufacturer Tesla, the space company Space X and the social network Twitter, whom he had received in the morning at the Elysée Palace
Also the CEOs of companies such as the pharmaceutical Pfizerthe steel company ArcelorMittalchemistry Solvay or the entertainment group walt disney.
Musk said he expected his Tesla car group to make “significant investments in France,” but declined to specify the amount or nature of those investments when asked about the possibility of a gigafactory.
In this edition, “Choose France” was the presentation showcase for 28 projects throughout the French territory that far exceed the record reached last year, when investment commitments had been 10,800 million euros.
The two most important were already announced by the president last Friday during a trip to the port city of Dunkerque, where the Taiwan group Prologium will invest 5.2 billion euros to build a gigafactory of electric batteries for vehicles, in which 3,000 people will work.
He also revealed then the plans of the Chinese company XTCassociated with the French company Orano for the production, also in Dunkirk, of precursors and cathodes for cathode batteries with an investment of 1,500 million.
Added to this is a long list, among which is the company’s project holosolis which implies 710 million euros and the idea of creating 1,700 jobs, to build a production plant for photovoltaic cells and modules with which it intends to compete with those that, for now They are mostly imported from China.
Ikea plans to inject 906 million euros between 2023 and 2026 in the French market in renewable energy and the circular economy.
Pfizer intends to devote more than 500 million euros over the next four years to various medical specialties in France, notably oncology, antivirals and conditioning, with an expansion of its research and development (R&D) clinical trials capabilities ).
GSK, also a pharmaceutical company, will make industrial investments of 400 million euros in France, of which more than 240 million for modernization, digitization and decarbonization at its plants in Evreux, Mayenne and Saint Armand les Eaux and more than 150 million for research and development (R&D).
(With information from EFE)
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