The Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, revealed that the government of France had taken measures to help Nigeria diversify and develop its economy.
Gauer stated this at the French National Day celebration which took place at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja on Friday.
“Nigeria is already our first trading partner in Africa and we have a good and strong bilateral relationship.
“I continue to urge and encourage many French companies and businessmen to come and invest in Nigeria due to the opportunities available in Nigeria.
“Although we had experienced some difficulties due to forex values, we do have a good number of French businesses expected to come to Nigeria to be part of the growing economy.”
“France is still known to buy a lot of oil from Nigeria which is almost worth three billion euros though the numbers dropped last year because of the reduced price of oil and the economic difficulties in Nigeria.
“This explains that Nigeria is a strong strategic partner of France thought we certainly see the need for an increase in trade between France and Nigeria which we are working on.
“France helped Mali when terrorists were on the verge of taking control over the country and we then extended our efforts to the whole Sahel region.
“Concerning the lake Chad Basin, we are very pleased with the determination of the Nigerian armed forces and by the now positive cooperation between the neighbouring countries of Nigeria.
“We will continue to support all efforts to restore security, both regionally and through our increasing cooperation with the Nigerian armed forces,” he said.