Billionaire Elon Musk will visit French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday for the second time in less than a month. France hopes to win the billionaire’s favor and win his investment.
This week, Macron stated that he will meet the billionaire to tout the attractiveness of France and Europe during a trip to France’s largest technological trade show, VivaTech.
Musk will speak with Macron before appearing in front of a large crowd at VivaTech for what is described as an hour-long “conversation” with the French event’s creator Maurice Levy.
Following their May meeting, the unconventional head of Twitter and SpaceX stated he was considering making significant investments in France.
When he told the American channel CNBC earlier this week that “a lot of effort and energy” had been put forward to acquire a Tesla plant for France, the nation’s minister of technology Jean-Noel Barrot fueled rumors.
After establishing its first production facility in Germany last year, the electric car manufacturer has a limited presence across the continent.
During a stroll around the exhibit halls of VivaTech, which actively advertises France as a destination for businesses and investors, Macron provided specifics about his plans.
He stated, “We’re going to speak about social networks, regulatory frameworks, and artificial intelligence, where he is involved. I’m also going to discuss batteries, the industry, and vehicles with him while promoting how appealing France and Europe are.”