Emmanuel Macron will not participate in the Forum of Davos which brings together the Gotha of the world economy, but will gather on January 21 at Versailles 150 French and foreign bosses, for a new edition of the Choose France summit on the attractiveness of France, said Friday January 11, the Elysee.
If the Head of State had made a long speech at the Forum in Davos last year, the French presidents do not participate systematically in this meeting in Switzerland, which will take place this year from 21 to 25 January. This year, the president will not go there "Because of a busy agenda"announced the Elysee.
By bringing 150 bosses to Versailles, "Our desire is to highlight the opportunities in the territories by making known the different regions and their know-how. We will also have French companies of different sizes, representing the economic fabric in regions "said the Elysee. This choice is also in line with the "yellow vests" movement, which highlighted the need to revitalize impoverished territories.
This edition will be a little different from last year when 140 leaders of major international groups had come to dine in the salons of Versailles, bringing some investment announcements in France. The aim is to show examples of companies that have benefited from foreign investment, underlines the Presidency. Emmanuel Macron count also "To do pedagogy" with foreign groups to explain his reforms in France. It is also an opportunity for him, at the time when the great debate began, to show the French the benefits of foreign investment, while the movement of "yellow vests" regularly attacks multinationals, accused of avoiding to pay taxes in France.
Since his inauguration, Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly received major international groups to convince them to invest in France.
On Thursday, January 10, his American counterpart Donald Trump also announced his absence from the World Economic Forum, due to the partial paralysis of the federal administration.