On a visit for three days in China , Manuel Valls ended his tour in Shanghai Saturday hoping -in Chinese- “Welcome to France” to investors. In a speech to the Franco-Chinese business community, the Prime Minister has again made an effort by using the national language, after “My government is pro-business” in London and “Ich mag die Unternehmen” (like businesses) in Berlin. “I say here in Shanghai: Huanying Faguo lai” (“Welcome to France”), declaimed the head of government, not without difficulty, adding, “I think the message is clear.”
Once again, Manuel Valls has opened the door to Chinese investors: “France, more than ever, is eager to welcome Chinese enterprises,” which are “welcome “. Although France has “serious challenges” ahead, it is competitive, he said. “The image that we do not reform our labor market, and it is impossible to dismiss in France, is false,” said the Prime Minister.
A photo with “Bibendum”
“The protection of employment is higher in Germany than France “and the 35 hours are” a reference time, “said he again emphasized. Arrived around 9:00 (0100 GMT) from Beijing, the Prime Minister began his day in the economic capital of China with the official inauguration of a research and development center of the French giant Michelin tires. He got the souvenir photo with a costumed employee Bibendum, causing laughter. Several executives of French companies in the country have expressed their concerns to Mr Valls. Issues of progress in their relations with the Chinese administration were also discussed.
Even if sending “raise a number of obstacles”, “things are moving,” he assured them that Manuel Valls on Wednesday when he arrived in China, had asked for more “reciprocity” in trade relations between Europe and China.