The French Government has recognized the developmental strides President Goodluck Jonathan has made in Nigeria asserting that the nation is very much on the rise and they would like to be part of this.
The outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jacques de Labriolle made this known on Sunday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
“I think that you cannot ignore Nigeria.
“In short, Nigeria is very strategic to France both on the political and diplomatic side as well as the economic side.
“The size of the country is such that it is a development basin in the making and of course, we want to be part of it.
“So for us, Nigeria is an important economic and diplomatic interlocutor,” Labriolle said.
“The assembling plant in Kaduna was being transformed to be the biggest vehicle assembling plant in Africa.
“The assembling plant in Kaduna was rather active in the 1980s and 1990s. Then, it was stopped because of political problems.
“And now, it is starting again in a small scale but very symbolic one that since 2014, a few hundreds of Peugeot 301 has been assembled in Kaduna again.
“It used to be the biggest automobile assembly plant in Africa and it can still be in the future, if all the other problems are taken care of.
“The basic economic life has started again, which we hope will bring good results because the fundamentals are good.
‘’ The market in Nigeria is huge and the workforce potential is tremendous, I must say, very impressive,’’ he stated.