10 May 2013

French president Hollande will try to bring an order of 20 A350 from Japan to Le Bourget

François Hollande will visit Japan from 6 to 8/June in a state-visit mainly focused in economic & energy 'partnerships', according to its Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. He will be back in France for the week before Le Bourget. 

The award last week to the French Areva and the Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of the contract for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey "is quite symbolic of the work that we can do together," welcomed Mr. Fabius during a 24-hour visit to Tokyo to prepare the arrival of Mr. Hollande, the first state-visit of a French president since 1996.

"This visit will be a great place for partnerships" in educational, cultural, economic and energy, said Mr. Fabius, who spoke of cooperation "either direct, or to go to third countries", as in the case of the Turkish nuclear contract.

Although the Japanese economic daily Nikkei has mentioned the possible sale of 20 Airbus A350 to JAL- Japan Airlines, Mr. Fabius, who did not want to comment on this assumption, found unlikely announcing "major contracts" during the presidential visit.

Based on the article “Fabius: Hollande au Japon en juin pour développer les partenariats” published in Le Point

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