French ambassador to the UK pays his first visit to Cardiff
THE French ambassador to the UK has paid a visit to the Welsh Assembly.
First Minister Carwyn Jones welcomed Bernard Emié as the pair held talks in Cardiff yesterday .
In his first visit to Wales since taking up his post in 2011, the ambassador also met the Minister for the Economy Edwina Hart, as well as inward investment officials from the Welsh Government.
The First Minister said:
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"It is a pleasure to welcome the ambassador on his first visit to Wales.
"France is one of Wales's most important international partners, with areas of cooperation across business, education and culture.
"French companies have invested significantly in Wales and employ more than 8,000 people.
"I am keen to see more French firms benefit from our workforce and well developed infrastructure.
"Our meeting has been the perfect opportunity to discuss how our two nations develop further our trade and business links.
There are 80 French-owned companies active in Wales, employing almost 8,000 people. They include Airbus, Alcatel-Lucent and EADS.
Welsh — French educational links are also strong, with Aberystwyth University, Glyndwr University, Cardiff University and Swansea University having agreements with French institutions."