London mayor mocks France over Mittal comments

27th November 2012, Comments 0 comments

London Mayor Boris Johnson joked Tuesday that left-wing revolutionaries had taken control of France and were driving investors away, adding that the British capital was happy to welcome fleeing businessmen.

On Monday French Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg said he did not want steel giant ArcelorMittal, controlled by India-born tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, in the country any more because it did not "respect" France.

Johnson, on a trip to India where he is drumming up investments in Britain, said he had been amazed by the statement which he read in the Indian press on Tuesday morning.

"I see the sans-culottes appear to have captured the government in Paris. The French minister has been so eccentric to call for a massive investment to depart from France.

"I have no hesitation in saying here, 'Venez


© 2012 AFP

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