French President Emmanuel Macron said he will meet with Tesla (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk on Friday, the second time in just over a month, to promote France as a possible site for one of the electric vehicle (EV) maker’s factories as well as to discuss tech regulation.
France has been courting Chinese EV giant BYD (002594.SZ) and Tesla to build factories in the country, officials had previously told Reuters but is competing with other EU countries such as Spain, which is in talks with Tesla too, a source told Reuters.
“I’m going (into that meeting) with an agenda,” Macron told reporters as he visited the VivaTech summit in Paris, France’s biggest tech fair, which Musk will visit on Friday.
“We’re going to talk about artificial intelligence, in which he is involved, social media, regulation framework… And then I’ll also talk to him about cars, batteries, to promote French and European attractiveness,” Macron said.
Asked specifically whether he was hoping to secure a Tesla gigafactory, Macron said: “It’s up to the company to look at these different issues in Europe. So we’ll be selling France” as an investment destination.